28" x 62" 4400$
Much of my outdoor time is spend along the shores of the Beaver River, being that my home and gallery lie nearby. It offers serene, picturesque views as it passes by towards nearby Georgian Bay. I love to explore and visit it in all 4 seasons, but my favourite might be when winter settles in. The limited palette seems to enhance the beauty and creates powerful compositions of value, shape and texture to explore with paint. When a soft snowfall, such as depicted here occurs, the quiet and peacefulness are almost otherworldly!
12" x 18" sold
I never pass an old bank barn without at least a quick glance, and I am blessed to live in an area where there are plenty dotted along the backroads, my natural terrain.
Winter is a time for most to be indoors, waiting for the next season to return outside. Meanwhile the rich, quiet scenes marked by falling snow such as this one fire my artistic intentions!
14" x 18" 625$
The knothole cottage, located just past Kilbear Provincial Park, has been the setting for many of my Georgian Bay paintings. I'm always tickled to return to the familiar ground, and am amazed as to how much the time of day and year, as well as water levels etc. can reimagine this wondrous place. Here is a smaller study, channeling a bit of Group of Seven in the approach.
40" x 46" 3600$
I have been fortunate over my life to have had family and friends that were sailors who agreed to take me onboard, despite my very inability to tie a proper knot!
The sensation of the craft heeling over and being pushed along by the wind is one I will never tire of. It also triggers my deep appreciation for the grand vessels of yesteryear, imagining all the adventures encountered during their time on the water. The classic schooner is hard to beat for grace and poise, and in this painting, I have attempted to capture some of the magic felt in the presence of such magnificent vessels!
12" x 15" 575$
I can still recall my childhood bedroom from long ago and the numerous posters and images I decorated the wall with. A pic of a chipmunk, and one of a fox were among my favourites. While I appreciate all forms I wildlife I share my surroundings with, I have always held a special affinity for these creatures, going back to my earliest memories. Watching a fox go about his/her business, as depicted here, is never time wasted!
A horse portrait is still a portrait, meaning getting the qualities that make this horse unique and different from his stablemates is the true challenge. Along with meeting that objective I strove to create a powerful and compelling composition. Using all black in the negative space both simplifies and strengthens the design of the canvas. Of course it all helps when the model is such a good looking boy!
I seem to be drawn to continually challenging myself as a painter, and this new large landscape continues with that tradition. Working from an excellent reference image shot by a talented friend via drone, this piece depicts a picturesque location along the French River as the sun disappears into the west. A really special sunset can paint the scenery with an almost unworldly palette of rich and vibrant colours, as Ive attempted to capture in this painting. much thanks to my friend Blair Locke, excellent photographer, for the amazing drone shot I worked from!
While I enjoy and draw inspiration from all fours seasons as they arrive, I must admit that Autumn is possibly the one I look most forward to. Besides offering the most pleasant weather in my mind, there is also the stunning fall colours that reimagine every scene and vistas. Here in the heart of the Beaver Valley we are blessed with many tree species and their unique colourings, but the sugar maple is surely one of the most striking. Often found in fencerows like this painting, these examples have stood for many decades, likely dating back before the old shed and weathervane that stand next to them were erected.
A large piece inspired by a canoeing trip just off the Killarney Park shoreline. Because of the very challenging (scary!) paddling conditions, our crew decided to land on the first island we could get to. Our sanctuary, a piece of the Canadian Shield only a few acres in size with only a few spindly pines for shelter, stood out against the deep cold waters of Georgian Bay. I was fascinated by the jagged, undulating shoreline, and how its pinkish earth tones lived next to the blue blue water. The rugged beauty of this region holds endless fascination for the artist in me and always calls me back for more!
Like most folks, I enjoy a drive through the countryside and in fact that is where many of the ideas and scenes that I paint are found. For this composition I wanted to get across the spaciousness of the land as well as the peacefulness of the place. In an increasingly hectic world, this painting offers an oasis of calm, quiet, and fresh air; enjoy!
Sourced from one of my most favoured places, this large painting showcases the late day splendour of the Parry Sound region, set against the clear blue waters of Georgian Bay. Canadian Shield rock, smoothened over the ages, is always inviting to wander over, where somehow, underbrush and tall pines have managed to find a foothold to stand on. I wanted to create a painting that the viewer could take that walk as well, even if only in their mind!
I have travelled many a road and path, and a two wheeled track like this one is always an invitation to see what's ahead. this painting was executed in a softer, more impressionistic style which I think adds to the mystery and whimsy of what is ahead!
Here is my newly finished small work heading up to Pointe au Baril for the annual Ojibway Club Art Show and Sale. The online gallery opens July 24th and the
in person show runs from August 10th to 13th. Lots of great work and much variety, with almost all works inspired by the unforgettable Georgian Bay landscape.
This piece features a spot I've visited and painted many times, just a bay or 2 from Kilbear Provincial Park. Finished off with a handsome vintage wood frame made by myself, this very affordable piece captures the magic that happens there on a pretty regular basis.
Drop by the show online or in person and have a look around!
The Canadian Shield holds a limitless fascination for myself, as well as countless others, and this recent painting highlights the awe inspiring magnificence of that ancient rock. jutting out of the clear waters of Georgian Bay, this massive rock formation tells a story as old as time in its rugged texture. Of course, this scene was witnessed by canoe, the very best way to really explore and absorb these natural wonders!
Not all dogs are friendly, and in some, we can see the connection to their wild forefathers quite clearly. With this piece, I close cropped in to maximize the impact of those intense eyes. One of the biggest paintings I have ever produced, the title of the painting 'Prey' describes the feeling one feels when falling under that stare!
Memories of quiet summer days spent leisurely along some idyllic waterway sustain us through the long challenging seasons that pass before those cherished times return. I embarked on this piece in the middle of the long, cold transition from winter to spring, when the memory of summer seems fictional at best.
A swimming dock and nearby hammock, although minor in the composition of this work, seem to call out in a most powerful way!
Just west of town along a quiet country road runs this little nameless creek lined by a few wind weary cedar trees. Dried out by the ever-present westerly winds, their colour shifts from olive green to an almost rust red which set against the blues of the snow covered ground, makes for a striking winter scene.
Recently I had the honour of participating in the prestigious CobbleBeach Concours de Elegance car show. Patterned after the famous PebbleBeach show in Monterey California, this event showcases some of the finest automobiles on the planet, offering magnificent examples ranging from the earliest days to the most cutting edge current designs.
A select group of artists are invited to show their automotive themed work and I have included 3 of those new works here. All are currently on display and for sale at my gallery in Clarksburg Ontario.
It's always rewarding (in multiple ways!) when a painting is sold and lands in its forever home. Typically these choices are made by the customers based on a number of points such as; suitability for the room, colour palette, size, subject, mood etc.
Whenever possible I request a pic of the art in its new home, with the intention to share with my audience and allow them to see how the pieces work there. Here are a couple new ones I'm especially proud of in the way they fit their new environment.
Some new paintings to go along with the new spring!
It can be a challenge to get the perfect image of one of my paintings in their final home setting, things like walls, plants etc sometimes obstruct the best angle. Regardless, I feel it is useful and rewarding to show my artwork in the place they ended up. Here are a few of this years sales, more to come!
There are times we are asked to serve.
Recently I participated in a juried event, and I will happily report it was a pleasure! Myself and 3 other professional artists were asked to make up the jury for the 42 Annual Juried Art Show held by the Blue Mountains Foundation for the Arts in Collingwood.
As expected, the quality and variety of work entered was exceptional and inspiring, making the selection process a true challenge. The categories included; student, adult 2d and 3d, and computer generated.
I have successfully participated in the annual show myself a number of times and can attest to the continual high standard of work included.
The show runs till May 28 and I heartily encourage anyone in the region to make time for a visit and see the new headquarters for the BMFA!
below see my painting 'Brownie' which won best of show a few years back at the BMFA Annual Show