We live in a global world where new frontiers are further removed.
I passionately believe that the Arctic and Antarctica are some
of the most dazzling places on earth and a locale that few people
have the opportunity to visit. For centuries the Arctic and
Antarctica have had a natural allure to explorers, scientists,
and academics. Today photographers, artists, authors and environmentalists
are being drawn toward both polar poles in increasing numbers.
The paradigm for the Polar Regions are also changing from the
romantic heroic lore of past to one of interconnectedness, conflict
There are so many stakeholders trying to lay claim for limited
natural resources; from the indigenous people of the Arctic
to global power players exploring large oil, gas and mineral
deposits. The last five years have seen rapid loss of ice in
the Arctic and with warming temperatures commercial shipping
might become a real concern. American, Canadian and Russian
sovereignty is becoming an issue. A pristine natural wilderness
and a new frontier packed with economic opportunities, a laboratory
for scientific research and a homeland for many Inuit, the north
continues to fascinate all that come into contact with it.
Death, destruction, and horror, were the archetype for Arctic
travel until several decades ago. In works by early polar painters
such as Caspar David Friedrich’s “Arctic Shipwreck”
or Sir Edwin Landseer’s “Man Proposes God Disposes”
adventurers were at the mercy of the elements. Just 150 years
later we see a completely different perspective of the Arctic
and Antarctica brought on by climate change and a growing eco-tourism
industry. We view our civilized footprint with both horror and
glacial indifference. It still takes endurance to reach these
remote hostile frontiers, much more than just seeking out images
on Internet search engines.
My work accumulated over the past eight years is a contemporary
look at both Polar Regions with a strong emphasis on place.
This contemporary portrayal of the Arctic and Antarctica provides
a compelling visual narrative of our relationship with the land
and includes societal, economic, cultural and environmental
issues surrounding both ice caps.
I do live by my mantra “Joie de Vivre” which means
“the Joy of Living”! I hope that my boldly coloured
canvases showcase that part of my personality, as well as sharing
the amazing sights I have seen with others who may never experience
Masters Invitation 2016
Arabella Full Article Spring 2016