My artwork imbues an old world resonance with a strong hand-rendered feel. This is because my artwork is hand rendered, including hand colored art pieces, and only in the last stages of refinement is my artwork sometimes imported into my computer. I feel to create an old world, hand rendered feel, is best attained by hand rendering my artwork. However, with that said, only when I feel hand rendering is deemed the best solution for an art project will I hand render the artwork. When my computer software offers the best solution to creating my artwork will I employ the aid of my computer. In the end, my final art always evokes a human element. This was always at the centre of old world art, the inclusion of the human element into everything created. The human element is often forgotten in today's modern art.
A CONDENSED History OF MY WORK
• Completed five years full-time art school studies: specialized in illustration, painting, and printmaking.
• Worked for 4-years in archaeology in British Columbia as an excavator, surveyor, field artist, and artifact Illustrator.
• Employed 6-years, full-time, as an illustrator/graphic artist/art director with a Vancouver based publisher.
• Have been working full-time as an artist, illustrator, and designer for over 30 years.
• Starting in 2019 I have been working toward creating full colour paintings for art galleries presentation.
Art show History
I have had several art shows starting with student art shows while attending art school. My emphasis has always been on working in the industry than showing but over the last 12-months have I been working toward showing my artwork in galleries. Previously, when I have been involved in an art show it was because my work came to the notice the of the gallery owners and I was asked to be part of an art show. In May 2019 I submitted my artwork to the MAC gallery in Mission and was accepted to do a solo show.
• MAC Art Gallery in Mission, BC: Solo Show - February 11-29th, 2020 - 30 pieces
• Maple Ridge Gallery/Gift Shop in Maple Ridge, BC: Group Show - June 2004 - 8 pieces
• Dreamscapes Gallery/Gift Shop in Maple Ridge, BC: Group Show - November-December 2003 - 4 pieces
• Maris Art Gallery in White Rock: Group Show - June 1996 - 8 pieces
THE COLOURS I USE WHEN PAINTING
When I paint using acrylic paints, I primarily (almost exclusively) use 5 colours and these are: Cadmium Yellow, Cadmium Red, Phthalo Blue, Titanium White, and Carbon Black. I have always mixed the colours I need rather than rely on premixed paints. This is how I was taught as an art student while attending Fine Art School full-time. It became habit. I find mixing the colours I need on the fly is faster and less disruptive than having to stop to look for a specific tube of paint hiding somewhere in my art box. Mixing my own colours enables me stay focused on my artwork.
BRIEF BACKGROUND OF PAST WORK
I have worked on many publishing projects over the years for a wide range of clientele, which includes the creation of full color art, cartography, woodcut/linocut art, cover art along with book, and game, illustration, as well as design work for a multitude of magazine, book and brochure publications.