Sarah Amos

 

During the past year I have been working on paintings of Gonzales Bay as seen from Gonzales Hill Regional Park, a location close to my home. These paintings began as careful realism but as I proceeded I found myself using my memory and imagination to recreate the image as I know it. The resulting views are a gentle story-telling of a place Victorians know well.

Last year I flew to Halifax on a clear summer day, and my nose was pressed to the window most of the way. When I got home, I began work on a view of an array of wind turbines, set into clearcuts in the northern Ontario geography. Here is a modern landscape with the sky reflected by the jewel-like lakes of the Canadian Shield. I seem to have a passion for these "aerial" views.

I next created another painting based on visions from that trip, a scene of the almost-infinite geometry of agricultural fields fading off into the distance, with the ox-bow bends of a river valley cutting through the foreground. Little puffs of cumulus cloud dot the horizon. It was a pleasure to create a large painting of a vast terrain in soft colours.

My painting of Red Sea Anenomes was inspired by something I saw from a kayak, as I drifted in the shallows off Quadra Island. Again I was looking down, this time through the crystal clear water. I was enchanted by the way the seaweed drifts with the tide, and the sparkle of the pebbles on the bottom. And though I began with the intention of precise realism, as I continued painting once again my memories and perceptions came into play - the resulting canvas is a loving testament to how I think things are.

As I look back on my recent work, I notice that all these paintings present a look from above, and allow me to share my perceptions of wonderful moments of life here on our beautiful planet.

Aerial Views:   some of my latest paintings.  View them at my paintings page.

Gonzales Bay, Victoria, B.C., Oil on canvas, 12 x 24", 2012                                                                 Copyright:  Sarah Amos

copyright:  Sarah Amos