Born and raised in Hamilton Ontario, I first became familiar to where Lake Huron washes upon the many splendid shores of Bruce Grey County while family camping as a child at MacGregor Provincial Park. As a young adult I continued the camping tradition and discovered the beautifully diverse shores of Lake Huron and Georgian Bay, the expanse of the Niagara Escarpment’s presence into the scenic country side indicative to the Bruce Peninsula. I was an enthusiastic travelling camper, to say the least. Whether hiking with back-pack, trail biking, or tripping along unfamiliar rural county concessions and side roads (being temporarily lost not a concern) the intention was constant — that being: to pleasurably focus toward and creatively capturing with my camera, sketch pad, and often written expression, too — our beautiful Ontario natural and rural landscape. At a later date, I use these same records of reference as subject material to create landscape paintings performed within the desirably controlled conditions of my studio, located in Port Elgin, Ontario where I have lived since 1998.
As a fine artist, I consider myself primarily self-taught; however, I attended and received excellent secondary school and occasional supplemental, art instruction. During the 1980’s and 90’s I had also participated in part-time studies at Dundas Valley School of Art, Mohawk College in Hamilton and Ontario College of Art & Design in Toronto. Employed as a graphic artist/designer and film lithographer I worked for the Regional Municipality of Hamilton - Wentworth and related businesses in Burlington and Oakville.
The medium I am currently enjoying is permanent oil pastel on high quality, acid-free art paper. A mess of fun at times—like finger painting! I also create acrylic paintings on gesso prepared hardwood. The subject of these acrylic paintings is rendered with greater attention to detail and therefore possess a more realism discipline; as compared to the loose expressive technique used with the oil pastel paintings.
Still; at fifty-plus years, I possess that same passion to paint our landscape. From this passion is borne an appreciative respect for a spiritual presence I experience when; as one within the nature of it all – by way of chasing beautiful sunrises, confronting storm clouds, while creatively interpreting sought subject that cast all hues of shadow by both daylight or by night’s moon, and of course, being drawn toward those definitive moments of magnificent sunsets — golden. It is through art and writing that I attempt to expressively share my appreciation for our precious worldly nature.