the little things in life that matter. When it comes to water, this
often repeated saying rings true. “So much of our environment depends
on the little things that few have the opportunity to see but are
crucial to our environment and our health,” begins Lynda as she starts
to explain the thoughts behind her current series of paintings. “Over
the centuries, artists have been the lookers of the world, observing and
recording current conditions and happenings in their surroundings,
events in history and evolving ideas. I hope that this body of work will
help to promote a wider understanding and appreciation of the necessity
of preservation of the incredible but crucial, hidden living organisms
in our world,” says Lynda.
people are familiar with the whales, giant squid, sea lions, the
numerous species of fish and the aquatic plant life that exists in the
oceans and fresh water and are essential to our lives. “However, few
people understand that more than 99% of the living creatures, plants and
animals in the world’s waters are tiny, almost too tiny to see with
the naked eye,” comments Dr. Norman Yan, a Senior Research Scholar with the Department of
Biology at York University. “Muskoka’s lakes are chock full of life
we never think about,” states Dr. Yan. “For example, there are
10,000 times more living animals swimming around in Lake Muskoka than
people on earth.”
awareness to this minuscule watery world, Linda’s paintings portray
its inhabitants as seen through the eyes of an artist. “Looking more
like abstract art to the viewer, these paintings are my interpretation
and reverence of this hidden realm,” states Linda.
Lynda faced was knowing what to paint and how to get the message across
while still having paintings that could be enjoyed. Conversations with
Dr. Yan helped Lynda to choose the most interesting and relevant
creatures that inhabit the lakes found in Muskoka. “The other issue
was in trying to involve the viewer by having them be able to see
different images as they moved from one side of a painting to the
other,” Lynda explains. To achieve this objective, Lynda used many
transparent layers with opaque paint between them to get the depth and
the feel of looking into water.
painting is accompanied with commentary written by Dr. Yan about the
marvels of this submarine world.
and Dr. Yan hope to grow our sense of wonder in the same way as when we
look at the night sky that expands our view to the enormous – we can
also grow our sense of wonder when we look at the microscopic and
discover that remarkably interesting living creatures can come in very
opening reception takes place at the Chapel Gallery on Saturday,
November 21 from 1pm to 4pm.
Art Talk about this exhibition will be given by Lynda and Dr. Yan on
Wednesday, November 25, from 4pm to 5pm in the lecture hall of Nipissing
University, located at 125 Wellington Street in Bracebridge.