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 leaves 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 is a 6.5″ x 9″ sketch of Colomitas, Jalisco, Mexico
This is a 6″ x 9″ sketch of the water’s edge at Ketchican, Alaska
This is the start of a 33″ x 44″ painting
Ketchican progess 1
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Ketchican Water | 2020 | 33″ x 44″ acrylic on board painting | price available upon request
The afternoon sun shines on Vancouver’s Burrard Inlet in this 9″x 6.75″ acrylic sketch.
Burrard Inlet sketch
The sketch helps me choose the colours of the final painting that are on this chart
This is the start of the 33″x44″ painting
Burrard Inlet progress 2
Burrard Inlet progress 3
Burrard Inlet progress 4
Burrard Inlet progress 5
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Burrard Inlet progress 8
Burrard Inlet | 2019 |Acylic on board 44″x33″ | Price available upon request
I also painted Pacific Swell in 1987 from this same location on the Lion’s Gate Bridge
This 6″x9″ sketch is of a creek that is northeast of Pemberton.
Birkenhead Creek Sketch |2019 | 6″x9″ Acrylic sketch |
This is the start of 44″x
Birkenhead progress 2
Birkenhead progress 3
Birkenhead progress 4
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Birkenhead progress 6
Birkenhead progress 7
Birkenhead Creek | 2019 | Acrylic on board painting 31.5″ 44″ | Price available upon request
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