I was born in 1956 in British Columbia. After a youth spent in Vancouver and at Long Beach on Vancouver Island, I studied fine art at the University of California at Irvine, industrial design at Western Washington University and architecture at the University of British Columbia. My family has moved to Mexico and I married a Kiwi.
For the last 30 years my paintings and screen prints have been of the landscape where I lived and traveled in British Columbia, Alaska, Mexico and New Zealand. My insights have come from my relationship to the water trees and rocks of these places. I find myself in them and they are in me.
Repeating patterns fascinated me. I kept searching and painting them till I understood them in a more meaningful way. At first, they seemed random, then there was a strange order to them. They were in dynamic moving systems. Smaller self similar parts nested inside bigger pieces. The bigger pieces had shapes like the smaller pieces. They were the same but different and worked together to make a whole.
Many ripples of water made a wave. Many rocks made a mountain. Many trees made a tree. Many trees made a forest. Many trees rocks and waters made a whole world. Words pulled themselves into sentences. Sentences pulled themselves into ideas. Ideas pulled themselves into stories. The many stories make me.
This 6″x9″ sketch is of a creek that is northeast of Pemberton.
Birkenhead Creek Sketch |2019 | 6″x9″ Acrylic sketch |
I live in Vancouver near the Olympic Village, 7 blocks from the salt water of False Creek and a man made fresh water course in Hinge Park. I have been watching beavers there for a couple of years. There are dens at Hinge Park, Stanley Park and Vanier Park in Vancouver. The closeness of the West End condo towers suggests the absurdity of beavers living in Vancouver’s down-town.
A den is a peaked pile of logs and mud in a conical or lean-to shape. It is easy to miss if you have never seen a den. In May the beavers have their babies and stay inside the den for a month. The babies will leave the den in June.
The Kitsalano beaver den is conical shaped
Beaver den Lost Lagoon
The beaver den in Hinge Park is a lean-to against a hillside
Beaver den at Beaver Lake, Stanley Park
Culvert blocked by beaver and their den in Stanley Park
Lake Harris is on the Routeburn Track.
Lake Harris | 2019 | 6.75″x 9″ acrylic sketch
Lake Harris | 2019 | 32.5″ x 44″ Acrylic painting | Price available upon request
These waterfalls and pools are on the Routeburn Track in New Zealand.
This is a 5.7″x 9″ acrylic sketch
5.7′ x 9″ acrylic sketch
This is the 32.5″ x 44″ acrylic painting that came from that sketch
Routeburn Pools| 2019 | 44″x 32.5″, acrylic on board painting| price available on request
This is a 9″ x 5″ acrylic on board sketch of a wave in Kitsalano, Vancouver
Kitsalano Wave sketch
Kitsalano Wave| 2018 | Acrylic on board 44″x 25.7″| Sold