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 9″ x 6.75″ sketch of the fir trees of Lower Lynne Valley in North Vancouver.
Lower Lynne Forest, 9″x 6.75″ Sketch
Lynne Forest colour chart
This is a 5.7″ x 9″ acrylic sketch of a blind I have in Stanley Park to watch birds. I watch from beneath the forest canopy up at pair of eagle that roost in a standing dead fir tree.
Eagle Blind Sketch | Acrylic on Board 5.7″x9″
The colours of the sketch are on this chart.
Eagle Blind colour chart
I Looked at the colours in Arthur Lismer’s painting BC Forest while I was choosing colours for the painting. It brings back childhood memories of the bush at Long Beach. I met Mr. Lismer at Long Beach in 1967 at my father’s Wickanninish Inn. He Always prefered to stay and paint in one of the cabins that still remained from Joe Webb’s Wickaninish Lodge.
BC Forest- Arthur Lismer
Eagle Blind progress 1
Eagle Blind progress 2
Eagle Blind progress 3
Eagle Blind progress 4
Eagle Blind | 2021 | 39.5″x 28″ Acrylic on board | Price available upon request
This is a 7.75″ x 9″ sketch of the Capilano River, West Vancouver.
Capilano River sketch
This is the start of a 28″ x 32.5″ painting.
Capilano River progress 1
Capilano River progress 2
Capilano River progress 3
Capilano River progress 4
Capilano River progress 5
Capilano River progress 6
Capilano River | 2020 | Acrylic on board 26.5″ x 28″ | Price available upon request
This is a 6″x 9″ sketch of West Lake. West Lake is on Nelson Island that is on the Sechelt Penninsula, British Columbia.
This is a 5″x 9″ sketch of the morning light on Vancouver harbor.
This is the start of a 33″x 44″ painting.
Vancouver Harbour progress 2
Vancouver Harbour progress 3
Vancouver Harbour , 2020 , Acrylic painting 33″x 44″, Price available on request