HANSON LAKE ROAD SERIES
The Hanson Lake Road Series is a series of paintings created as an homage to the drive that residents of northern Canada share. The hours we spend in the confined space of a vehicle cannot be made shorter and the landscape persists outside of our windows.
This series depicts the landscape of Saskatchewan Highway #106 as a backdrop to the dialogue of our lives. For some, the highway is very familiar. There are very few roads that take us to the northern part of our province. Barren and unforgiving, repetitive and beautiful- no matter how fast or slow, we must hunker down in our cars and make it through the 400 km from start to finish. Sentenced to four hours of close contact or no contact, we disconnect to become connected. Our minds wander. We solve problems, plan new problems, set goals and think about old problems. Trapped in the car we try to talk about what we never have time to talk about. We reminisce, we argue, gossip, laugh and travel as fast as our lives are going. In the midst of this we look over and see the beauty of the land we take for granted.
The Hanson Lake Road Series is six acrylic paintings titled with familiar anecdotes that remind us of the times we have spent beating down the broken pavement. They are scenes that exist even if no one is looking at them.