Being in the prairie landscape is my experience of growing up on a Saskatchewan farm... to inhabit the landscape completely and know it inhabits you.
For me, the landscape is a felt experience, encountered in the flesh in nature then recreated in the quiet of my studio.The landscape that defines me, is in my mind - a sense of place and infinite space. It is the big sky, the light, the silence that is remembered. This feeling was reinforced by my living in Southern Alberta and Central Washington State as well as my Australian travels and now for many years of living at the edge of the Pacific Ocean.
The prairie is quiet, gentle, and unassuming with fleeting moments of drama - blizzards, dust storms, lightning, overarching skies. A place where distances feel more like a challenge than a hindrance. I paint not only what I've seen before me, but also what I see within me. I strongly believe landscape can be a worthy subject for a contemporary painter.
To me, the act of painting encompasses all of who i am. using the simplest of line and shape, the subtlest shift of color, my goal is to evoke an emotion, a feeling, a memory… initially, for me in the doing, and then again and again for the viewer. i paint what i need to paint and am delighted when someone connects to it and it changes their landscape.”Irma Soltonovich