Joanne Thomson is a watercolourist. What started as rebellion against the rules imposed by a family of oil painters has become a love affair. “Watercolour demands conversation. It will not be lectured to. Water does what it does. Pigments do what they do. I have to work with them (and sometimes gently persuading them to try something new.)” Thomson uses these conversations to create images that evoke emotional responses and create primal connections.
Mason Jar 27 with Miner’s Lettuce
Miner’s lettuce is one of the early spring vegetables that miner’s ate when they first came to the West Coast. This image is part of my Mason Jar Series in which I explored family history, which quickly moved into food security and now has also moved into environmental security. This lettuce grows in wet places in parks and ditches all over the island. These leaves were harvested in Central Saanich.
region: Greater Victoria
closest community: Saanich
original medium: Watercolour