Big Muddy – Surprise (Meredyks’ Surprise)

111.7 cm x 111.7 cm
Oil and oil stick on canvas
Public Collection of the Saskatchewan Arts Board

everyday sacred saskatchewan
When I began this body of work I had begun painting rocks. I was introduced to an elderly couple near the Saskatchewan/USA border who, over the course of decades, planted 20,000 trees, dug a moat, hand lining it with rocks, built an island oasis, and farmed wheat and Saskatoon berries. They’d serendipitously met in their younger years at a German work camp during the war and would become two of my dearest friends. The land they farmed was rich with artifacts including rocks with drawings on them which they cared for and honoured in their quiet, subtle way.