I have worked as a full-time artist, illustrator, and designer, for over 30 years. My art has always been inspired by the natural beauty of where I live, have lived, and also all the places in British Columbia and Alberta, Canada, I have visited over the years.
I work out of my studio in Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada, just 1 hour East of the city of Vancouver, Canada, 3 hours north (depending on traffic) from Seattle, Washington State, USA, but more importantly, only a few minutes away from seemingly endless wildernesses filled with forests, mountains, wildlife, lakes, and streams.
My art and Expression
My artwork has always focused on detail, which did not make me popular with my Fine Art instructors who gravitated toward rendering in the surreal and abstract. I could see their perspective, to get young art students to loosen up, and to get them to try new expressions and statements. That is all good and I did comply while I was in school. You can learn a lot from abandoning your comfortable creation process by embracing new forms of art expression. This is no different from traveling the world to learn how other cultures live, but I still wanted to render the beauty of nature in a way that was different from what I was seeing in most art galleries. I have always felt the need to create art and always looked toward the natural beauty that surrounded me for inspiration. I create art that reminds me of how nature influences me.
History OF MY WORK
I have worked full-time on many publishing projects over the years for a wide range of clientele, including the creation of full colour cover art, cartography, woodcut/linocut art, full colour interior art along with pen&ink illustrations, as well as design work for magazine, book and brochure publishers. It is how I worked and improved my art skills over the years. Working in art makes you gain valuable experience rather than working whenever you have the time to do so.
• Completed 5-years of full-time art studies specializing in illustration, painting, and printmaking.
• Worked for 4-years in archaeology in British Columbia as an excavator, surveyor, field artist, and Illustrator.
• Employed for 6-years, full-time, as an in-house illustrator/graphic artist/art director with a Vancouver based publisher.
• Worked full-time as an artist, illustrator, and designer for over 30 years for many book and print-game publishers.
• Have been focusing on creating nature paintings for art gallery presentation since mid-2018.
• Taught acrylic painting to groups of 25-60 people with over 170 sessions taught from March 2018 and this is on going.
Art show History
I have had several art shows in my life starting with student art shows while attending art school. My emphasis has always been on working in the industry and on commissions than showing my art but over the last 12-months have I shifted my focus toward showing my artwork in art galleries. Previously, when I have been involved in an art show it was because my work came to the notice of a gallery owner and I was asked to partake in an upcoming show. In May 2019 I submitted my artwork to the MAC gallery in Mission and was accepted to have a solo art show.
• ACT Art Gallery in Maple Ridge, BC
Group Show, Garibaldi Art Club Exhibition: Oct 24 - Dec 12, 2020
(My painting was awarded the Winner of the People's Choice)
• Deer Lake Art Gallery in Burnaby, BC
Group Show, Deer Lake Art Show: Sep 5 - Oct 10, 2020
• Fort Art Gallery in Langley, BC
Group Show, Fort Langley Art Show: Jul 17 - Aug 16, 2020
• MAC Art Gallery in Mission, BC
Solo Show, MAC Art Gallery: Feb 11-29, 2020
• Maple Ridge Gallery/Gift Shop in Maple Ridge, BC
Group Show: Jun 2004
• Dreamscapes Gallery/Gift Shop in Maple Ridge, BC
Group Show: Nov-Dec 2003
• Maris Art Gallery in White Rock, BC
Group Show: Jun 1996
PAINT COLOURS I USE
When I paint, I almost exclusively only use 5 paint colours and these are: Cadmium Yellow, Cadmium Red, Phthalo Blue, Titanium White, and Carbon Black. I always mix the colours I use rather than relying on premixed paints. This is how I was taught in art school and this became my habit. I find mixing the colours I need on the fly far faster and less disruptive to my thought processes than having to stop to find specific tubes of paint hiding somewhere in my art box. Mixing my colours enables me stay focused on my art.
RECENT CLIENT WORK
My current clients commissioned illustration projects (2020-21):
• Client commission to create 150 full-colour icons for their mapping software: Jan 7th: Expanded to include additional pieces
• Client commissioned 26 illustrations for a medieval themed book; x12 lino style / x14 pen&ink pieces; 1/4 to 1/2 page sizes