Based on a late fall paddle into breathtaking Killarney Provincial Park, the focus of this painting was on creating a compelling arrangement of strong colours and shapes. There are rare days when the air is so clear the blues and greens seem impossibly strong and sharp, this was one of those!
As a child, I spend part of my summers on Manitoulin Island, camping at Providence Bay. Looking back, that was a magical time, days of off hiking, exploring, swimming, campfires and always beautiful scenery! One of our favourite rituals was hiking along the rugged Lake Huron shoreline out to the old Lighthouse point, which included a basic meal cooked over a driftwood fire.
When working away at this piece, it was like all the memories of clambering along this rocky shore came back to me and I could recall navigating these very rocks.
Set in an elegant warm grey wooden frame, this painting currently is on display at Van Allan Designs in Collingwood.
Recently completed commissioned work, this painting depicts a fairly typical rural landscape in nearby St Vincent township. It is a large piece (39" x60" plus frame) and was chosen and designed to work in a specific location in the clients' home. It felt like I was working on 2 or more paintings in one and the tall tree was added to the foreground to knit the fore, middle ground together. The painting invites the viewer to take their time and reflect on the quiet way of life that marks the countryside when enveloped in winter.
This is a long overdue announcement and update to share all the changes that have come about this fall with The Kilby Gallery as well as myself.
I have relocated the gallery up the street from my original space to what used to be bank building at the corner of Marsh St and Clark st in Clarksburg. My partner in this new venture is Jeff Gillmor, local metal fab genius. Together we have recreated the lovely well lit space into an inviting, entraining and intoxicating mix of original art and artisan goods provided by a small collection of professional artists to be known as the ArtBank Collective.
Within the space, Jeff and I have seperate rooms to showcase our goods in addition to the main room; mine being the old bank managers' office and Jeff's', the vault room.
Inside, my space is both a showroom of my available art as well as a working painters' studio. With it's lovely high ceilings and large luxurious windows, it is a great place to both create and display an assortment of my pieces.
There is a website coming soon for the ArtBank Collective which will reveal more of what this special place is and is becoming!
The process of moving and setting up the new business has been time consuming and involved, but we are getting close and I am able to get back to what I am supposed to be doing, namely creating artwork!
I will put up some pics of the new place soon and show the exciting new home the Kilby Gallery has landed in!
A late fall boat trip in and around the Parry Sound district was the foundation of this new artwork. Franklin Island resides just out from Snug Harbour (I love those names!) and while putting along it's varied and rugged shoreline, I spotted this weathered piece of the Canadian Shield receding into the deep dark cold waters of the bay. By this time of the day, the light was low in the western sky and poked through the trees here and there, bathing everything in a warm late day glow!
While much of the painting I am doing these days has grown and grown is scale, I am attempting to balance that development with an increasing focus on smaller pieces. Each of these smaller works is finished off with a custom hand made frame, created to enhance and accent these striking but affordable pieces of art!
Colours of Spring
26"x54" framed with vintage timber
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After a too long winter, spring finally arrived and with it, some bright, rich colours to light up the world! after a time, I returned to this location and a more uniform palette had taken over. Well there is always the fall ahead!
Cabin in the Green
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currently on display at Van Allan Design Centre
150 First St Collingwood, On
Deep in the forest on the shore of a nameless little lake, sat this tiny rustic cabin. I remember it as a silent serene place and hopefully the painting imparts its audience with the same feeling.
While planning this painting, I was playing with the asymmetrical balance between the vast sea of green on the canvas and the relatively small spot of red and blue.
One of a series of smaller works I am slowly building up; this painting 'Snow Tonight' is highlighted here to showcase the frame treatment utilized. I try to customize each frame to suit the individual painting and in this case, the frame was constructed from slightly cleaned up barn board, which allows the saw cuts from long ago to create their own patterns and add another layer of interest to the artwork.
In response to the constant demand for pics of the our famous gallery greeter, Brownie or Bdog for short, here is a pic that I managed to squeeze into. The owners of this painting wanted a pic with the art and artist and Brownie photobombed us, as usual!
Just delivered my painting 'The Conversation' to my clients new home in Collingwood, situated right on the water. The muted colours seem a great fit with the colours of this beautiful home!
This large format piece (40"x60") was commissioned by a client that was interested by an earlier painting, Underfoot, that was sold over the winter. The clients and myself went through my sizeable reference library of images showcasing the remarkable and unique landscape of Georgian Bay's eastern shore. This composition offers the viewer an obvious 'walkway' into the painting, and then they are free to wander around on the expansive rock, surrounded by the translucent waters of Georgian Bay. With a painting this large on your wall, it really does feel like you have a slice of Georgian Bay rock and water on your wall!
Happy to announce that my painting 'Contemplation' was awarded a Jurors' Choice Award at this years Annual Juried Show held by the Blue MountainFoundation for the Arts. The BMFA has moved to new digs in the burgeoning 'Arts' district in Collingwood and the show is always a worth while visit. Drop by and see it!