Mixed media paintings that capture the magic and wonder of nature.
Thanks for visiting. Let me tell you a bit about my work.
I love mystery and wonder, it's at the heart of my work.
Out in nature, the immense scale of the cosmos, mountain peaks and endless oceans often leaves me at a loss for words. Nature has the ability to transform people, to bring us to a state of expanded awareness where we feel a part of something immense and beautiful. Nature gives us the opportunity to let down our guard and open ourselves to curiosity, wonder and joy. It has filled me and nourished me. This is what I try to express through painting.
Using a combination of realistic landscape photographs with painterly brush strokes, drips and splatters, I blur the lines of "realism" and experience. While some paintings are serene and ephemeral, others are like strange atmospheric events, each suggestive of nature's mysterious and ever changing landscape.
These are some prototypes I've been working on. It's my first attempt at this kind of sculpture and proving to be very complicated. However, the results are dynamite and I'm excited to figure it all out.
It's a stylized glacier floating in a haze of colour. As the viewer walks around the piece, the image deconstructs into a series of disjointed layers and then reassembles back into a new iceberg on the reverse side.
Stay tuned for more developments.
Iceberg #1 - Shades of Blue
Layers and layers of plexiglass, acrylic paint and a maple wood casing with a light.
Iceberg #2 - Shades of Pink and Purple
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WHAT'S NEW AND INTERESTING
June 2108, at Foster/White Gallery in Seattle, WA.
BRAIN PROJECT JUROR
I'm honoured to have been selected to be a fellow Juror on this year's Brain Project! I'm looking forward to seeing what exciting submissions come in.
The last 2 years I was a participant in painting one of the brain sculptures. See below.
THE BRAIN PROJECT
Baycrest Health Sciences, a world leader in brain health and aging, is raising funds and awareness of dementia, alzheimers and other brain related diseases.
They've asked fifty artists, designers and architects from all over the world to take part in painting a custom deigned brain sculpture. They'll go on display at various locations around downtown Toronto. In the fall, they'll be sold to organizations and collectors worldwide.
Here's the brain I did last year with a short write up on my approach.
Life in Between
Referencing MRI scans, my sculpture uses individually painted sheets of Plexiglas that work together to create a 3-dimensional brain. Viewed from the sides, the brain is a complete image but as the viewer moves around the piece it becomes a series of disjointed layers. Within the brain are webs of connected and disconnected structures. The light gives the brain an ethereal quality, adding to its delicate state.
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I'M BACK FROM ICELAND!
I was invited to create a painting for the Canadian Embassy
in Iceland as part of the Canada 150th celebrations.
I gave two audio/visual presentations, one in Akureyri and one in Reykjavik.
Here is the painting I created for them.
Artwork: Ocean Crossing, 30x60 inches, mixed media, 2017
CANADIAN HOUSE AND HOME MAGAZINE
A great article and a lovely home.
VANCOUVER HOME MAGAZINE ARTICLE
Here's a great article about the development of my artistic life and my last show.
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