I’ve always loved extraverted colours and strong, simple, masculine shapes. But I also like the brooding qualities of greys, velvets and things that obscure and veil. These images and feelings hover in the background when I design, and I find, the more I design, the more these elements are pushing their way into the foreground. I’ve been thinking about these influences, which seem to be deep-rooted, and it dawned on me the other day, when I was asked what my favourite art is, that I knew exactly where these afinities came from. And this does have a great deal to do with being a Canadian, and having spent my early years in the wild areas of wind-blown Newfoundland, and in the countryside and by the lakes of Quebec and Ontario. So, in case you haven’t had the experience of the art of the great Canadian painters known as the Group of Seven, as well as Tom Thompson and Emily Carr, let me introduce you to the people who’ve coloured my design perspective.
Tom Thompson “Jack Pine”
Lawren Harris “Algoma”
Franklin Carmichael “Mirror Lake”
J.E.H. MacDonald “Mist Fantasy”
A.Y. Jackson “Nellie Lake”
A.J. Casson “White Pine”
Whatever you do, celebrate your unique point of view.