Reid Edgeworth: "I'm using a limited colour palette in a lot of what I'm doing at the
moment because I feel it has a harmonizing, calming aspect- there's a unity to it, a
continuity. Art isn't reality, right? Art is using metaphors, it's symbolic- you're
expressing things that you can't express through a straight realistic depiction. We know
what we can see; and the artist is trying to reveal something deeper about what we're
experiencing, not just what we're seeing. I wanted the viewer to be transported into a
different experience. A painting takes you out of your daily experience. These colours
are one way of separating you from the moment that you're living in."
"It started off as a labour oriented piece- I wanted it to be looked at as an important
industry in Canada and an important part of our culture. I wanted people to see the work
and toil involved in this business: the history, the muscle. But it ultimately ended up
being more than that. I was also looking at the history of that company. The main figure
is the founding father of that business. Three of his children still work there. In part, the
Mural is a tribute to their father and his one boat; and his developing this idea into a
thriving business. This is another thing that art can do- it can honour people and
celebrate things. I had a few photo references of the father but the scene was an original composition.
I also looked at lots of other pictures and of colours that seemed to express
something, and went by instinct from there."