I grew up in a very artistic family, in Victoria, British Columbia. My mother had an Uncle who was accomplished painter working in oils and watercolours. My brother David (located in Squamish and Whistler, BC) has painted for many years at a professional level with paintings in Galleries on the westcoast as well as the US and overseas. My father painted watercolours and acrylics as well.
Painting for me started when after years of wanting to learn how to paint, my wife Suzanne gave me a gift certificate to take lessons. I started working with Alberta Watercolourist Marjorie Henn and also took lessons from Moberley Lake Artist, Cal Cameron. These helped me a great deal and I fell in love!
It did not take long and I was addicted. I started small and eventually starting paint 24" x 36" sizes pieces of work. My watercolours ranged up to 13" x 19" and I sold many prints. Just recently I started selling 5-6 of my past successes in watercolour.
So what do I paint? I guess that answer might be viewed as ......everything! I started painting gardens, rail cars, waterfalls and water buckets. I then started painting wagon wheels from Moberley Lake, BC and then even dock scenes at the Canoe Cove Marina north of Sidney, BC.
My latests works have included Firefighters, Abstract, Westcoast Forests and even wine glasses on a table with cheese and crackers. My work is quite varied based on the many places I have lived or travelled to.
Much of my work is available for sale and in certain situations I will sell prints. I currently have about 12 watercolour prints available in many sizes.
I will do commissions and love to paint outdoors (known as "Plein Air").
Note: A word about pricing - I price my work on what I think is fair and what the market will bear. Over the past 10 years my work has sold from $100 to $1800. As I don't make my income primarily from painting, I try to make my work affordable. I use quality paints, multiple coats of gesso (used to prep the surface before painting). Brushes come in all sorts of shapes and prices. I choose quality brushes and that helps in the effects I like to create.
I sell my watercolour prints using a very high quality paper, printed with inks that last 150-175 years. They age very well. Prints for watercolours are printed on archival paper while I use canvas for the original acrylics.
Update Summer 2018: As may of you know, I will paint commissions. But I require enough time to research the project and then design and paint the work. I don't rush and like to take the time to create a piece of art. Some folks have very tight deadlines and I will try to come work that into my schedule. But it does take time so please plan ahead.
About 5 years ago I was involved in an automobile accident. This caused some back / neck issues that caused alot of pain. About 2 years later, I suffered a stroke. This took some time to recover and I had to learn to read and write all over again. But I persevered and was able to paint. In early 2016, as my luck would have it, I had another stroke and lost most of my vision in my right eye. But I still paint and will continue so as long as I can. I tend to get closer to the canvas and paint mostly Acrylics now. I fully support those with disabilities and those with vision impairment to try painting. Its a lot of fun and makes the world a better place.
May 31st Update: I wanted to add a note to this page and mention that my painting lately has gotten better. After the 2nd stroke, I had some challenges but at this time, I am really finding new techniques that have improved the quality of work. This includes new methods of painting washes and generating higher contrast. Another area that has improved is my use of metalic paints (primarily gold, silver, metal bronze/copper).
I mention the above about my health to make it clear that my life has changed for the better. My stress is almost gone when I paint. Working with paint, canvas, watercolour paper brings me incredible joy. And that is another reason I love to share my work to those who support my originals and prints. Its hard to put in words buy you will see my personality in my work. I hope you enjoy it.
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