Sense of Place Series: Travels through an Urban Watershed

 This series of pastels revolves around a small waterway -Jackson Creek - that flows through the artist's hometown of Peterborough Ontario.  It is a part of our daily lives and it is taken for granted.  We walk over it, we work beside it, we park on it and in winter we skate on its ponds.   At its headwaters we fish for trout and we feed our livestock with its water. We encase it in concrete, build bridges over it, divert and shape it according to the needs of the day. Occasionally as we walk our pets along its banks or hurry somewhere else, we catch glimpses of its different moods; full and wild in the spring, low and sluggish in the late summer, reflecting the reds and golds of autumn. But what is this body of water that we live with every day?


This series (shown in 2005) tells a story of both the beauty and hard realities that shape typical urban watersheds today. For the artist it was the first step in the exploration and understanding of "sense of place", a notion that informs his subsequent landscapes, such as the Warsaw Caves Project.