Statement & Bio

Background

After studying Fine Arts at the University of Alberta in the late 60’s, I swore I would never paint again. I spent several years working at GDL, a design firm in Edmonton, happily turning out drawings and cartoons for books, brochures, and other materials. That’s where I learned to put theory into practice. Eventually I was drawn back to painting, which I’d left behind at art school. I joined the FCA, brushed up on rusty skills, and started showing. Inspired by urban life, I left Alberta to live in an east side studio in Vancouver, where I could paint to my heart’s content.

I love the urban landscape–the rich textures, smells, and sounds of things weathered and imprinted by time and human occupation. People don’t often appear in my paintings, but they’ve clearly inhabited the spaces. You can see it in the small-scale intimacy of a beckoning doorway, side street, or hidden courtyard: an empty chair can suggest a hundred stories.

Then there’s the massive energy of the city itself–the industrial sites, the humming highrises, the hydro lines and electrical transformers. It’s the materialization of power, yet overlays an older, more primeval elemental power. The natural elements are constant reminders of what is beyond our control or even awareness, even as they lay under our feet and in the air around us. It’s interesting to inject a little pantheism into a city scene.

Frequent visits to the southwest have also motivated a more playful second stream of imagery, incorporating funky Americana and vintage signage. The common thread is an affinity for the character, texture, and emotional feel of old things and places, the memory of who and what has gone just before.

I work in acrylic on canvas, and would call myself a contemporary realist, currently represented by Red Art Gallery in Victoria and Artemis in Deep Cove, North Vancouver.

Solo Exhibitions

2014: “Riverway” Comox Valley Art Gallery, Courtenay BC
2012: “Vancouver Years” Art Alchemy, Courtenay BC
2012: “New Altars for Old Gods” Artemis Gallery, Deep Cove, North Vancouver BC.
2011: “The Art of Work,” Gordon Ross Gallery, Courtenay BC (2 artist show)
2010: “Beautiful Alleys,” Havana Gallery, Vancouver BC
2010: “Electric Gargoyles,” The Whip, Vancouver BC
2009 “Doors, Walls and Windows,” The Old Schoolhouse Gallery, Qualicum Beach BC
2009: “Bricks & Boards,” The Flower Factory, Vancouver BC
2008: “Back Street Bebop,” Squamish Library Gallery, Squamish BC
2008: “Balance of Power”, Gallery Gachet, Vancouver BC
2008: “Around the Back.” Gibson’s Public Art Gallery, Gibsons BC.
2007: “Re: Connection.” With fabric artist Judy Villett; Vancouver East Cultural Centre,
2007: “City Blocks,” Britannia Art Centre, Vancouver BC
Group Exhibitions
2015: Painting on the Edge, Federation Gallery, Vancouver BC
2014: Painting on the Edge, Federation Gallery, Vancouver BC
2014: Featured artist, with Lucy Schappy and Michael Robb, Red Art Gallery, Victoria BC
2013 “A Responsive Landscape” Harmony Arts Festival, West Vancouver BC
2013 “Sooke Fine Arts Show” Sooke, BC
2013 “Square Foot Show” Art Alchemy, Courtenay BC
2013 “Water” Art Alchemy, Courtenay BC
2013 “The Threes Show” Red Gallery, Victoria BC
2012 “Transformation” Corre Alice Gallery, Cumberland BC
2011: “Small Wonders” Artemis Gallery, Deep Cove BC
2011: “Group of Four” Private home. Vancouver BC
2010: “Group of Four” Private home. Vancouver BC
2010: “What we do to Thee” Gam Gallery, Vancouver BC
2009: “Mayworks,” Oceanside Gallery, Parksville BC
2008: “Chapel Arts” Chapel Arts, Vancouver BC
2008: “Mayworks,” Oceanside Gallery, Parksville BC
2008: “Artists’ Choice,” FCA Bienniale, Courthouse Arts Centre, Kamloops BC
2007: “Earth,” Arc Gallery, Vancouver BC
2007: “Response,” Propeller Gallery, Toronto, ON
2007: “Uncommon Origins,” ARC Gallery, Vancouver BC
2007: “Mayworks,” Oceanside Gallery, Parksville BC
2005: “Colours from the Light,” Artspace Gallery, Calgary AB
2005: “Art Fusion,” FCA Bienniale, Gainsborough Gallery, Calgary AB
2005 “Urban Landscapes,” Federation Gallery, Vancouver
2004: “Painting on the Edge,” Federation Gallery, Vancouver
2004: “Wooden Quilts”, Leighton Centre, Calgary AB
2004: Small Paintings Exhibition, Gallery 321, Nanaimo
2003 “Animals” Show, Federation Gallery, Vancouver BC
2003: “Painting on the Edge”, Federation Gallery, Vancouver
2002 through Oct 2005: FCA Calgary Chapter shows, 3 per year.

Gallery Representation:
Red Art Gallery, Oak Bay Village, Victoria.
Artemis Gallery, Deep Cove, North Vancouver.