I have a full time studio practice in Cobble Hill, BC Canada. Originally, from Alberta, I owned and operated my own gallery and framing store in Lethbridge. I graduated from the Ottawa School of Art in 1988 and with honours from the Victoria College of Art in 1992.
In addition to my formal education, I have built a solid base in design, developed a broad and well-respected knowledge of materials, mark-making and creative application techniques. My career spans 35 years with specific emphasis on the creation of experimental works, mixed-media, drawing and collage.
Nature, organic forms, cellular structures and intertidal ecosystems inspire my work. I consider myself a process artist: research, collecting, observing, and experimentation support and inform my art practice. This behind the scenes work frees me to perform my painting and drawing intuitively and with spontaneity.
Drawing is the touchstone of my art practice and involves extensive explorations of mark making in a wide variety of mediums and techniques. In my current work, I manipulate paper with unconventional methods of piercing, smoking, burning, rubbing, cutting and folding. My work is built up in collaged layers creating a sense of textured density.
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I was born in Calgary, Alberta in 1952. Both my parents painted as a hobby. When I was 6 years old, Dad attended painting classes at night - his painting studio was outfitted in a small room adjacent to my bedroom. Dad would come home late after his painting class and tip toe to his small but just big enough workspace. I could see the light seeping through the top and sides of his door and could hear the whish and swish of his brush on the canvas. I remember thinking painting was mysterious, special and important. Dad painted for a few years but photography was his real love. He eventually had his own dark room and studio.
When I was 11, we moved to a larger home where Mom's studio was on the 3rd floor. Mom attended local painting classes at the Alberta College of Art and summer programs at the Banff School of Fine Arts. I remember posing for Mom, painting with her and the wonderful smell of oil paints. I remember her delight over a new line of paints, they were fast drying and could be mixed and cleaned up with water...this was the early 60's and "acrylic paint" was fairly new to the artist's market.
My earliest art materials were Grumbacher oil pastels. I would draw for hours creating fantastical flower pictures - my favourite colour combinations were pinks, orange and deep yellows. I adored and still remember my grade 5 art teacher Miss Westmancoat with her piled up black beehive and thick black eyeliner.
In my teenage years a Henry Moore sculpture exhibition had a great impact, today his drawings still influence my own. My first sculptures were fabricated in the lab of my Dad's dental office, made from plaster and wax I melted with his bunsen burner.
In my early 20’s, I owned and operated "Coulee Winds Gallery" an art gallery and framing store in Lethbridge, Alberta. I took photography and Art History at the University of Lethbridge; stained glass and watercolour at the Lethbridge Collegiate Institute.
In my early 30’s, I began my formal art education. I attended the Universities of Lethbridge, AB and Victoria, BC taking "History in Art". I graduated from the Ottawa School of Art in 1988 and the Victoria College of Art in 1992. Moe recently, I have taken contemporary drawing classes and a Directed Studio with Wendy Welch at the Vancouver Island School of Art.
I served on the following boards: Bowman Arts Centre, Lethbridge, Alberta; Gallery 101, Ottawa, Ontario and Open Space Gallery, Victoria BC. I am a past member of the Federation of Canadian Artists.
Over the years, I have taught in my studio, for various art groups on Vancouver Island and at the Vancouver Island School of Art in Victoria, BC. Currently I mentor one-on-one in my studio.