All prints are made using Epson K3 pigment inks, and either Hahnemühle Fine Art German Etching® Paper or Epson Exhibition Canvas Matte Paper. Canvas prints include a 2" white border so they can be stretched onto a frame. Both paper and canvas options are acid-free and archival quality, are sprayed with a UV archival varnish, and can last up to 200 years with proper care (kept out of direct sunlight at a fairly steady temperature and humidity level). If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me!
I painted this piece from the perspective of a fallen soldier, dying in a field of poppies. As he looks into the sky, he sees a lark fly out of the battle smoke and into the bright, blue sky beyond. As he takes his last breath, he contemplates its beauty and feels a sense of hope and peace.
My parents were kids growing up in the Netherlands during WWII, and sometimes I can't help but wonder what my life would be like if not for the soldiers who liberated them. Would I be living under Nazi occupation in the Netherlands today? Or would I have even been born at all?
I'm so thankful for the soldiers who gave, and still give, their lives for the greater good, and for the veterans who have survived the hell of war and have somehow found the strength to move on. I wanted to honour them, and show that through the horrors they've endured peace was created, if only temporarily. There's always hope that someday this peace will be permanent, and that their sacrifice will no longer be needed.
The original painting was part of the "Remembering In Flanders Fields" Juried Art Exhibition, which commemorated the poem's 100th anniversary in John McCrae's hometown of Guelph, Ontario, Canada. It currently resides in a private collection.
For each print sold, $5 will be donated to The Royal Canadian Legion's Poppy Fund.
I also created an augmented reality companion video for this piece. Using the Aurasma app, you can point your phone or tablet at a physical print or online image of this painting, and watch it come to life! If you don't want to download the app, you can view the stand alone video here, but for the full AR experience get the Aurasma app (Apple or Google Play) and use it to scan your print, or the image of the painting above.
I really enjoyed making this Aura, and am planning to make more for future pieces. You can follow my Aurasma channel here.
This painting speaks to the simple joys of childhood. After a day of fishing on a bright summer day, a boy sits on the dock and examines his catch. The dirt under his nails and the fresh scab on his knee tell the story of adventures past, and the possibility of more to come.
The reference photo for this painting was taken during a camping trip at Killbear Provincial Park. A group of us went fishing, but after an hour of no bites I was ready to pack it in. Having never fished as a child I have no appreciation for it, but my son loves it and spent several more hours fishing with his aunt and uncle, which accumulated in the catch and release of several fish, including this one.