WENDY GORDON FORSYTH
"Pounding waves, splashing water, quiet creeks and the beauty of all Ontario waterways inspire me to capture their beauty. I have always been drawn to nature. The patterns, textures and colours are what motivate me to create my work. But it is not just water, it is the power of nature to change our surroundings. Old trees, broken down by the wind create such interesting surfaces with intricate shadows which make me wonder what they have endured to result in their present form. I am fascinated by them and often think they are like old souls and given to human form.
I photograph the waves, the dead trees, trees, the creeks and waterfalls and then combine several of the photos to create my composition and then make several rough sketches. Contrast, asymmetry and compositional movement are keys to my decision making process. Once I have the composition, I transfer my rough sketch to the surface I will use. I have used acrylics for most of my pieces, however, recently I have been using soft pastels on a variety of surfaces. I use hard pastels first then use softer brands to add detail. The choice of colour is not determined by the photos , instead I pick my colours and use them subjectively. I play with hot and cold colours and complementary schemes. My sketches also act as the starting point for abstract colour studies . I use the patterns formed in nature as the framework for various colour schemes which are then developed into larger works.
I am influenced by many contemporary pastel artists like Maggie Price, Debora Stewart, and Liz Haywood Sullivan. Debora Stewart recently taught at the Pastel Studio in Cambridge and I was fortunate to attend this two day workshop. I have also attended two workshops taught by Jane E. Jones which have inspired me to return to non objective art. I last explored non objective and abstract art in university when I was taught by the internationally known artist Patterson Ewen who also painted the force of nature in an abstract style.
I hope that viewers of my art feel the pull of nature and respond to the elemental forces at work in the world around us. The colours will direct this response and spark their senses to remember the feeling of the wind, water, the environment in which we are fortunate to live: southwestern Ontario".
Artist Website – www.wendygordonforsyth.com