Project Watershed and “The Long Road to Comox”

“The Long Road To Comox,” a painting done for my show “Riverway” at the CVAG in 2014, has been selected by Project Watershed as its central campaign image for the rehabilitation of the old industrial site by the 17th St. bridge in Courtenay. It’s an unlovely scene in the heart of our city, but signifies the first steps in the long road towards restoration of what was once a beautiful natural area. I’m honoured to have it represent the process.

Add comment September 18th, 2017

Craig’s Bookshop

Continuing with the theme of local interiors, this is one of my favourite spots in Courtenay, Second Pages, the used book shop run by Craig Carson. Always cozy, colourful, conversational, and comes with kitty cat. The painting is now hanging in the bookshop.

Add comment September 9th, 2017

Interiors

After a bit of hiatus this summer, I’ve started a series of local interiors for the Square Foot show, coming up sometime in November in Courtenay. I wasn’t feeling too inspired, then happened to look up and around at the old Gladstone brew pub interior one hot summer afternoon as I was enjoying a brew. What a fascinating old ceiling, a lattice work of wires, girders, pipes, etc. Then the big shiny vats…there was an old industrial feel to the place, which was originally a gas station and auto body shop. Here’s a couple of the results.

Add comment August 9th, 2017

First Place Winner!

So excited and humble and proud all at once…my painting “Towards” (aka “Towards Victory Square”) has won the First Place award at The Old Schoolhouse Arts Centre in Qualicum at the Canada 150 show held this summer. Out of 265 entries, 65 were juried into the show. There was a total of six awards: three honourable mentions, and three prizes, which were cash awards as well as a beautiful commemorative vase. I’m honoured to be among the winners, and of course pretty thrilled to have this painting singled out for First Place.

Add comment July 2nd, 2017

Image: Text: Image at CVAG

Image: Text: Image, Group show at Comox Valley Art Gallery. My work, “Being Human” is in the front window of the gallery. Show runs through June.

Add comment June 8th, 2017

The Basement Show: Views from the Edge

Just had a great time curating and organizing a group show of Comox Valley Artists, which ran during the Elevate the Arts festival here in Courtenay. Space was donated by St. George’s Church; artists donated time and effort as well as their wonderful work. A few images.

Opening night.

Artist/poet Ed Varney with Andy MacDougall, who did live screen printing during the opening.

Work included prints, paintings, & sculpture.

Add comment June 8th, 2017

Canada 150 Show, TOSH, Qualicum

Coming up for July–the ‘Canada 150th’ show at The Old School House gallery, Qualicum, June 26 - August 7. Juried show, 65 paintings have been selected out of over 200 submissions. Very pleased that two of my Vancouver paintings will be there. Opening reception, June 28 afternoon.

“Towards Victory Square” Acrylic, 72″ x 48″

“The Sky in Vancouver” acrylic, 48″ x 36″

Add comment May 1st, 2017

Open Studio–Central Island Studio Tour May 5-6-7

Just a week away! The annualĀ Central Island Studio Tour here in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island (there won’t be one in the fall, so this is ‘it.’) My studio is almost ready–paintings hung, just a few finishing touches to go. May 5, 6, 7th. Friday evening 4-9 pm, and two full days 10 am - 5 pm. Check out my listing, #17 in the online brochure.

Port Metro, Vancouver 24″ x 48″

Add comment April 28th, 2017

Being Human

Hard to be human…unending decisions…outcomes uncertain… randomness…astray with the best of intentions…reasons not given. Good luck. 4′ x 4′ Acrylic.

Add comment March 16th, 2017

One more week

One more week for “Downtown,” my solo show at TOSH arts centre, Qualicum. Show closes March 11.

Add comment March 4th, 2017

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