My acrylic paintings bring a contemporary perspective to the artistic tradition of exploring our relationship to nature and the mystery of wilderness. I reflect on how in the distant past humans didn’t consider a relationship to nature any more than they would consider a relationship to their arm or leg. Now we consider nature as a resource, an environment to protect, a place for recreation or as a way to “get away from it all” – nature exists as something separate from ourselves.
In my paintings nature becomes the setting on which all our ambitions and feelings play out. Friendliness towards a tall cedar, wonderment at a river’s flow, amazement at the colour of moss, sadness at the sight of tree stumps, elation or trepidation at encountering wildlife or contemplation walking on a winding nature path are all important ways to regain our connection to this sentient world, to start to find it within and part of ourselves. It is this essential connection to something bigger and more powerful than us, that I want to communicate in my paintings.
The westcoast landscape is large, inspiring and sometimes forbidding . By letting it totally envelop us it has the power to give us courage and make us bigger too. – Tracy Kobus
Image above: After the Flood, acrylic on canvas, 40″ x 58″