Diane MacDonald



Gathered Landscapes
a brush, a lens, & a press

18 months ago Barbra Edwards approached Dave Skilling, a print maker in Victoria, and me to explore the possibility of collaborating to create a show, “Gathered Landscapes”. 

Gathering landscapes was too delicious to resist!  There is magnetism in the beauty that surrounds us.  “You don’t know what you got til it’s gone” (Tom Keifer).  Recognizing, recording, and interpreting what we have is a meaningful way to highlight the importance of our natural environment.

Barbra’s organic paintings reflect forest and shoreline shapes that have infused themselves into her subconscious (https://www.barbraedwards.com/).   Dave (IG @dave_skilling) enjoys the multi-stage process of linocut printmaking. The rich visual clues and patterns of his natural surroundings provide him with endless inspiration for his studio work.  

In State of Wonder, Ann Patchett reminds us to “Never be so focused on what you’re looking for that you overlook the thing you actually find”.  Surprise is a silver lining in art-making for both the artist and the viewer.  The process of gathering has been a joy and we hope you will join us to see what we’ve gathered.

Gathered Landscapes opens two weeks from today.