Sunday, December 2, 2012
Friday, November 30, 2012
The Plimsoll Club is the industry network for people in the maritime industry in Port Metro Vancouver. The gala event took place at the Waterfront Fairmont Hotel and Marc Garneau was the speaker. This is the president, Dave Jones and me in front of my paintings that were on display. I donated the painting shown for silent auction.The painting raised $2000.
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Sunday, November 4, 2012
Saturday, October 13, 2012
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Thursday, August 9, 2012
Come to my show at the Sight of the Sound exhibit at the Shipbuilders' Pier in North Vancouver, Sat. Aug 11th, 2012 4-8 pm!
Reality Bites – It’s My Life
I am a spontaneous artist who envisions moments and brings them to life through my paintings. “I’ve got these pictures in my head and I’ve just got to get them out!” They are
direct acts of expression and connection, perception and understanding that occur between me, the viewer and the world.
My muse is the life experiences I have witnessed or the emotions I have faced. The images just come out of me. One can liken it to surrealistic automatism. A thought strikes me, I prepare preliminary drawings, begin the canvas and the painting takes over. I work “automatically” and quickly to produce the initial sketch on canvas to avoid being deliberate. I let the painting be itself from my subconscious and develop the image to make the mysterious comprehensible. As my teacher and mentor, Gordon Smith, would say, “There’s a point where the painting takes on a life of its own and you work from there.”
My characters are put into situations that are connections to myself and life around me. From the classroom to the coffee shop, to the bar and nights out on the town, my images bring experiences together in a cohesive manner.
Music is a huge influence and many of my pieces come from songs or bands with which I have a relationship. One character sits at the brand name coffee shop pondering life, looking for truth and hoping to find her salvation in a cup of “joe” while listening to the latest “Pick of the Week” music download.
At first glance, my work appears simple, cartoonlike almost childish. I take great care to create line, apply color, and develop the image. When the viewer digs deeper, there is richer meaning below the surface behind the haunting nature of the dark, brooding eyes lay darkness. No one can tell what the character is thinking but the expression in the eyes seem to portend an anxiety to what may come, worries, concerns with no assurances that life is easy. Life is cynical with ups and downs that are never even keeled. That is why “Reality Bites.”
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Monday, May 21, 2012
Sunday, April 29, 2012
Saturday, March 31, 2012
Hastings St.near Main is an area of human suffering. Where there is suffering, there is also desire. As long as there is desire, there will be people who fill that need-be it illegal or socially unjust.
The 1% have the power to control society-the 99% want a piece of the pie.
The have and the have nots.
Ironically, the Smilin' Buddha smiles, jiggles his belly offering peace and serenity while the crowd below pleas to be allowed to enter the iconic night club.
Saturday, February 11, 2012
More in the nightlife series. My dad played at the Buddha in the days of big band/swing/jazz. I remember the punk days of the club but Jimi Hendrix and Jefferson Airplaine graced the stage of this legendary Vancouver landmark. 54/40 bought the sign and it now sits in the Vancouver Museum, refurbished and on display for all to enjoy the artistry of neon. Hastings Street was innodated with neon in the 50's. Today, hardly a trace of the art remains.
There they are...they're speaking to me and telling me about the different seasons that are the sea. More than four, much, much more. Save our seas. We live in the most beautiful part of the world and we need to protect it. Stop bringing polluting products into our harbours. We all need to realize that our waters are priceless and cannot be replaced.