A painting begins with a visual idea, hazy at first, which I then try to construct. This may entail the setting up of an environment or tableau, gathering details through sketches, and many preliminary studies.
I paint people that I know and objects that hold a fascination for me. If I were to work from a model, I would not feel as engaged, and would have the sense of illustrating an abstraction. A portrait requires and expresses collaboration between me and the sitter.
1971 BFA, Mt. Allison University, Sackville, NB
1972 Diploma, Photo Arts Graduate Studies, Ryerson Polytechnical Institute, Toronto
1994 MFA, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC
2011 Domestic Lives: Works from the Permanent Collection, Surrey Art Gallery
1995-2009 Group shows, Atelier Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1996 Emerging Artists, 3-person show, Atelier Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1986 2-person show, Sunshine Coast Arts Council, Sechelt, BC
Portraits, Figures and Homes, 4-person show, Surrey Art Gallery
Entrance Scholarship, Mt. Allison University
B.C. Binning Prize for Drawing
Owens Art Gallery
Surrey Art Gallery
Private collections, Vancouver, Calgary and Banff