The abstract movement of water is a constant source of enthrallment as the physical environment is transformed by its reflective properties. In this early series of marine paintings, water is portrayed in all its ambiguity: a substance at once suffocating and beautiful, sustaining and destructive.
“More than any other painter, Harvey has sought and achieved a material presence in the representation of water through her unusual application of acrylic medium,” writes Gordon Hatt, Executive Director of CAFKA in Kitchener, Ontario.
In these paintings, successive applications of up to 60 layers of acrylic paint and medium result in surfaces that approach half an inch in thickness, creating a powerful, visceral presence that emphasizes the potency of water. The physicality of the painting medium further induces the experience of submersion.