I have felt compelled to paint nearly every day for more than 30 years. My south facing studio and gardens are a source of constant inspiration: full of light, patterned textiles, glass, ceramics and plants.
Still life subject matter is the major vehicle for expression. I spend a great deal of time composing a still life and then paint directly from the subject with much careful observation. The background of the still life is just as important as the foreground in my work. I use many approaches to make the background interesting and connected to the whole: including light filled hanging fabrics, bird's eye view point, landscapes and other artist's paintings including my own. I love the nod to the painters I have studied and admired: Matisse, Bonnard, Diebenkorn and more.
My passion is for making rich and complex oil paintings through color, light, texture and line. I strive for paintings where the formal elements are as prominent as the subject matter. It is important that the paintings are just as interesting from a distance as they are on closer investigation. This invites repeated explorations and paintings that remain interesting over time. Abstractions are created by a layered and varied surface. I use thin washes, opaque layers, transparent glazes, and pastel and charcoal mark making on 300 lb hot press water color paper or canvas to achieve this.
My painting is the result of the combination of steady work, motivation to create and inspiration. Experience has taught me how to get to that place where the magic of a really good painting happens.
born: 1959, Ontario, Canada
Fontbonne University, St. Louis, Missouri, MFA 2010
Fontbonne University, St. Louis, Missouri, MA 2004
Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada, BFA 1981
77th National Midyear Exhibition, Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio, Honorable Mention 2013
Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Award 1986
selected solo or two-person exhibits
Poetry of Light and Color, Hammond Harkins Galleries, Columbus, Ohio, 2014
Light and Pattern, Sherry Leedy Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri, 2014
Light Abstracted, William and Florence Schmidt Art Center, Belleville, Illinois, 2013
New Works, Gallery KH, Chicago, Illinois, 2011
selected group shows
Flora, Loch Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 2014
The Elizabeth Lane Oliver Center for the Arts, Frankfort, Michigan, 2014
Still, Blue - Zeuxis (an Association of Still Life Artists) Traveled to 4 Art Centers, 2013/14
Best of the Contemporaries, Loch Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 2013
Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, Sedalia, Missouri
Delta Hotels, Toronto, Ontari, Canada
Dupont Canada Inc. Corporate Collection
The Hilton Downtown Collection, Columbus, Ohio
Glaxo Canada Inc. Corporate Collection
Physicians and Surgeons Institute Foundation, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Richardson-Greenshields Corporate Collection
Ontario Cancer Treatment and Research Foundation, Kingston
School of Management, University of Toronto
Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri