I am currently working on a 53-foot-long painting called The Great Canadian LEEDscape, which explores the natural environment and the recent development of sustainable, LEED certified buildings across Canada. This is the most ambitious project of my career in both scale and scope. It has demanded extensive research, Canada-wide travel and a larger studio space. Once complete it will fill an area over 250 square feet, quadrupling the size of previous works. The project is scheduled to exhibit at two galleries in central Canada in summer 2017. I am currently planing additional exhibitions in Western, Northern and Atlantic Canada.
The Great Canadian LEEDscape presents a cross section of Canada—where raw land meets sustainable development. In recognition of Canada’s sesquicentennial, this painting tracks Canada’s changing urban landscape and suggests what the future could hold. As an environmental painter who is concerned, yet optimistic about the future of our planet, I’m excited to reveal Canada’s new form.
The Great Canadian LEEDscape features buildings that are developed with nature in mind—those that incorporate green roofs, rain gardens, solar energy, geothermal heating/cooling, and/or urban agriculture. The piece consists of thirteen panels, one for each province and territory in Canada. Each panel juxtaposes leading examples of sustainable architecture with surrounding landscapes. The Prince Edward Island panel, for instance, depicts red cliffs alongside a LEED-certified government building in Charlottetown that uses natural light, recycles rainwater and has a reflective roof to reduce the absorption of heat.
Huge thanks to the Elaine Fleck Gallery (elainefleckgallery.com) for organizing private sector funding, and to the Ontario Arts Council for their support.