"The painter makes real to others
his innermost feelings about all that he cares for..."
- Lucien Freud
I live in a setting of daily inspiration on the West Coast; and am blessed to be surrounded by great land and sea scapes. My paintings reflect the emotional connection I have for my two homes: Canada - where I've lived my adult years; and my birthplace of Oregon, USA, where I visit my family often, and delight in the still-available coastal and country idylls of my childhood.
I have been involved with art from grade-school, having grown up in a family where creativity was expressed with enthusiasm, and daily activities included all sorts of hand-made arts and crafts. I was fortunate to be encouraged by family and friends who saw and nurtured my constant interest in the Arts. Drawing gave way to painting, and by my early teens I was being commissioned to paint 'portraits' of neighboring homes and pets. From there my attentin grew to include Scenery, and Portraiture of the human kind. Art blossomed into my passion.
A strong education in High School set me on a firm foundation in Art appreciation and excellence of application, and I came to admire the work of two well-known artists- Norman Rockwell and Andrew Wyeth. More recently Portrait Artists John Howard Sanden, and Perrin Sparks- a local BC Pastel Artist; as well as Landscape artists Richard McKinley, and Elizabeth Mowry have delighted my senses with their handling of color. Always interested in the details, I took a side-trip into the world of Norwegian Rosemaling, and discovered the sensibilities of Folk Art and Decorative Painting. This proved to be very valuable for skills in technique and tool-manipulations; a road I am so blessed to have traveled, as it has enriched my Fine Art work immeasurably. Combining the study of popular Art publications and fellowship of other fine artists whether instructors or peers, I find my historical and ongoing artist's life rich indeed!
1962-Present: Exploration through publications, and self learning.
1964-68: Highschool at Lake Oswego, Oregon
1968-69: Oregon State University
1992-2007: Decorative Art in Design and Instruction
2009 - Study with Clive Powsey - Cumberland BC
2010 - Study with Perrin Sparks - Quadra Island, BC
2011 - Study with Brian Buckrell - Comox, BC
2015 - Sudy with Cindy Mersky - Nanoose Bay, BC
Campbell River, BC Arts Council
Campbell River, BC Art Gallery
Pearl Ellis Art Gallery, Comox, BC
TOSH - The Old School House Gallery - Qualicum Beach, BC
2015 - Artist in Residence TOSH 10 - The Old School House Gallery
Still Water Books and Art
Campbell River Art Gallery
Campbell River Arts Council
Pearl Ellis Art Gallery - Comox, BC
TOSH, Qualicum Beach, BC
Classes and Seminars
Courses with SDP at National Conventions
Courses with SDP at NW Regional Conventions
Ongoing Classes - Sybil Andrews Cottage - Willow Point, BC
Specialty Classes locally in Campbell River, and in several locations on Vancouver Island.
My Artwork is owned by private collectors across the US, Canada, and the UK.