This work is from a series of watercolours that I exhibited at the Affordable Art Fair in NYC in the summer of 2007. The series was comprised of narrative scenes from Woodbine Beach in Toronto. This a place where I often go during the summer for a quick lunch time break from the studio. I enjoy the sun and the surf as well as the unplanned contrapuntal arrangement of people on the beach.
“Gust of Wind” is based on a well known woodblock print by Hokusai. It caught my eye because it represented both the illusion of wind and human folly. A movement action, like wind, is very seldom a subject in painting. I have updated and relocated Hokusai’s theme to the shores of Lake Ontario in the present day.