The Spirits in the forest and marshes of the Dunrobin farm cannot be seen by the unaware mind. Yet like in an X-ray image, they are revealed to always be there. Where did they come from? To say they came from the rational imagination would assume an image was formed in the conscious imagination and then transferred to canvas. That would be very limiting and was not the case. By allowing the subject to emerge on canvas and simultaneously in the imagination, a much more interesting subject is revealed. Where did it come from? Obviously from the mind of the artist, but a mind where the conscious rigour of logical and linear thinking was momentarily pried open and the sub-conscious allowed to flow out.
This is an abstract painting, one of the earliest pieces representing this method, “Spirits” is 48” by 72”, acrylic on canvas, done in 2011 in Dunrobin, Canada.