Medium: Computer-generated imaging/Giclée
Image Sizes: 16" x 12",
14" x 11", 10" x 8"
In 2003, I took a trip to the west of Canada
to visit my brother whom I hadn't seen in some years.
Mike built the circular corral when he had hopes
of training his horses in the style of the Horse Whisperer.
The landscape is his ranch just south of Saskatoon,
Saskatchewan at 6:00 in the morning.
I've always had a concept of the west as being wide
open, with wild mustangs running free - probably
a result of watching too many Roy Rogers Saturday
matinees as a child. When I went west last year,
the country gave me such a strong sense of nostalgia
and deja vu even though I had never seen it in person,
that I created the piece to express how I felt about the
Something I couldn't capture visually was the incessant sound
of the wind. It never stops, and the constant susurrus is
as much a part of the land as the look or the scents of the
sparse vegetation. Another thing I wasn't expecting is that
everything that grows has prickles! I brought back some
cactus and have them growing in a shallow dish on the sideboard
in a south window. They're having baby cacti!!
Because the original reference photo was too short, I needed
more foreground, so, in Photoshop, I added a piece from a
photo I took in the Qu'appelle Valley, since the vegetation
and colouring were the same. Eventually, I hope to do a number
of different images using this "ghosting technique, as
I find it's a very effective way to tell a story about a landscape.