The Creemore artist mines the emotional connections we make with the landscape and landmarks around us.
Creemore artist Jessica Tamlin distills the world around her into soft, silky-looking gouache landscapes, many of them only about six inches square. These diminutive canvases pack an emotional punch, though, as locals realize Jessica, who grew up in Mulmur, has captured not only their favourite country walk or hilly view, but their feelings about them. “Sometimes we are so busy we don’t stop to look at the fields we pass every day. When I paint them, people will say, ‘Oh, I really love that field,’ or, ‘I know those trees.’ That’s what I’m aiming for.” (She couldn’t resist a more broadly known local landmark in Hockley valley, the fictional “Rosebud Motel” of Schitt’s Creek fame.) Jessica and other Creemore artists exhibit their work at Stonebridge Art Gallery in Wasaga Beach, April 2 to May 28. jessicatamlin.com