Contemporary Canadian landscape painter Gordon Smith's oeuvre is entrenched in a deeply lyrical meditation on the wilderness of his adopted homeland of British Columbia. Smith finds in these natural surroundings a fundamental reason to paint, the results of which are expressive canvases that hover between abstraction and representation. "Creekside Grasses No. 1" is part of a recent series by the artist that invokes spiralling grassy undergrowth as subject matter - in this case the inverted reflection of tangled branches crossing the surface of a forest creek. With near sketch-like brevity owed to a process of painting directly onto un-primed canvas, this work presents a concise yet fleeting visual argument that reframes the focal point of a given landscape. Illustration vies with a visceral experience of nature as Smith translates the contemplative chaos of an untamed environment into an elegant lace bordering a quiet river.