The Transitions Project is a deep collaboration with Professor John Pomeroy of the University of Saskatchewan and the Canmore Coldwater Laboratory, and Professor Trevor Davies of the University of East Anglia, UK. We have worked, together, in the laboratory and in the field. I have been tutored in the fundamentals of climate science, and have started to understand some of the scientific process behind the observation, analysis and modelling of climate change and its impacts. The scientists, in turn, have become familiar with my methods and techniques and have come to understand my thought processes as I identify and interpret the elements which I want to paint. This has led to a genuine two-way process – a fusion of art and science – as I capture and represent subjects which give a strong sensory message about climate change and its threat.
I participated in scientific work and visits to the Alberta Rockies in March-April 2019 (as well as to Yukon and Northwest Territories) and in August 2019 (as well as to the Canadian Prairies). On these trips I interacted with many scientists on the Canadian-based Global Water Futures science programme – the biggest joint university water research programme in the world - directed by Professor John Pomeroy. From an artistic point of view, these trips were, I believe, outstandingly successful. Some of the artistic outcomes can be seen at (weblink to first Transitions magazine;
weblink to paintings from August trip: