The paintings are large in format, mostly six feet in width, and painted in oil on canvas. War paintings are traditionally rendered in muted and muddy tones – I wanted to take a fresh approach, explosive in colour and energy.
This series is painted from a decidedly Canadian perspective and wherever possible I have tried to consider our contribution at key moments such as Vimy Ridge and the Third Battle of Ypres.
In the spring of 2013 I traveled to Belgium and France, ground zero in 1914, to conduct further research. Standing on tortured ground I felt like a soldier a hundred years removed from battle, overwhelmed and unprepared. The emotion was palpable. Inspired, I returned home and poured this emotion onto the canvas.