For as long as I can remember, I have been in love with art. Landscapes, but all manner and style of painting in general, drew my attention and riled a fire in me.
As a child in the early 80s, some of my first memories are of sitting on my living room floor watching Bob Ross. Painting his happy little bushes, trees and talking to the occasional squirrel. Something I still do to this day. It’s not a stretch to imagine that my favorite class in school was art.
Growing up I never had access to the kind of art supplies I wanted, oil paints. There was always crayons, colored pencils aplenty. The occasional set of cheap water color pans. But, I could never create what Bob did on TV with them.
This was the first painting I ever did on canvas. I really wanted to emulate the Group of Seven, but had no idea what I was doing. It was based off a photo taken from my grandparents living room. I’ve held on to this painting for over 20 years
Brady Lake, Ontario.
Acrylic on canvas (16×20)
When I entered the working world, one of the first things I then did was buy paints, brushes, canvases and an easel. I was off to the proverbial races. By this time my artistic predilection’s had grown well beyond the Joy of Painting. I had fallen in love with Tom Thompson and the Group of Seven. Early Canadian impressionists that I strove to emulate.
Over the last twenty something years I’ve jumped through various other styles. In dual quests; to try everything and to find my own artistic voice. An endeavor that continues to this day.
As I put together this website today, I find that very few of my best works are still in my possession, and worse. The photos I have of the works I no longer have are not of a good enough quality to use. So over the next few months, as time avails itself, I will be working to build up a new body of work to populate this site.