MOUNTIES

Self Portrait with Mountie 2003, Oil pastel on paper

Opening of “red Serge” Exhibition, Art Gallery of Alberta 2014

When I was a kid I wanted to be a Mountie when I grew up. Later, as an artist and educator I became fascinated by the myth and symbolism of this uniquely Canadian icon. What started in the early 1970s as a handful of postcards in a candy tin (with an image of a Mountie on it) evolved over the years into a collection and a major imagery source for my art practice.

Through my collection, drawings and paintings of mythic Mounties in idealized and abstracted landscapes have been generated. I explore that ambiguous space between realism and stereotype, kitsch and archetype, hero worship and political statement. This somewhat paradoxical and humorous play with Canadian myths involves the iconic, larger than life Mountie and his relationship with the landscape and sometimes, his dog. Recently the stature of the force in contemporary Canadian culture has been shaken and the glory days seem to be fading. However, icons are not easily shattered and my fascination remains, especially as the reality and the mythology continue to evolve.

Dogs are Mounties Too: Line 2004, Oil and Oil pastel on paper, 2004

Mountie and Dog 6″ x 6″ Acrylic on board

Mountaur 2017 6″x 6″ Acrylic on board

The Mountie’s Dogs are Brave and Fearless . . 2002  Oil pastels and oil paint on paperRCMP and RCNP 1993/94, Coloured pencil crayons on Arches paper

Mounties at Lake Louise 2011, Acrylic on Lexan 4 panels

Mountie and Peggys Cove Lighthouse, 2017, Acrylic on board 6″ x 6″