Much of what I consider important themes in my work today, were formulated during residencies. I am a landscape painter and my is work fundamentally connected to "place". Residencies represent a huge part of my process. Each series I have undertaken has derived from time spent away with site-specific influences that imbue my work, where I can fully absorb and consider how to apply what I am experiencing, seeing, and learning to pictorial representation. Residencies have enabled me to do some of my best work as well as afford me the time to evaluate and consider what is at the heart of my practice. Other underlining themes in my work deal with universal transcendence, mortality, and the sublime. By distilling sometimes fleeting atmospheric conditions on panel, canvas, or Mylar, I wish to move the viewer; to have them focus upon the transcendent power of the land, to convey a subjective and highly emotional response to nature. I have always been compelled by landscape, having lived in Canada all my life, I have been fortunate to have been able to explore through my work, a variety of ecosystems, lakes, oceans, and forests. What one sees in my work, depends on the viewer. It might be a spiritual connection, a fear of the unknown, the manifestation of a greater power or presence or the responsibilities of instigating climate rehabilitation and preservation. Collectively, my work affirms the heroic aspects of landscape painting. I continue to conjure the spirits of both post-war Abstract Expressionism and my heroes: the 19th century Romantic Landscape painters, Caspar David Friedrich, and especially J.W. M. Turner. I am searching for those same transcendent themes exemplified in their work while bringing my own into a contemporary and universal context. Ultimately, painting constitutes a universe with its own laws, the principle rule being that the painting obeys its own laws with as much clarity, confidence, and self-possession as possible.

Patrice Stanley

2018