I retired as Professor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Guelph, in 2001 and relocated from Ontario, with my wife Cathy, to Comox B.C., on Vancouver Island.
I began painting seriously in 2004 studying with acclaimed artists in Canada and the US. In 2007, I invested in full-time study at the Jeffrey Watts Atelier in Encinitas California, drawing and painting from life. I continue to study with exceptional artists today. I am very fortunate and appreciative to have found this adventure in my senior years.
I paint full time. My paintings are reflective of my love of the outdoors, agriculture and rural communities. The more I paint the more my work moves towards abstracted impressions of my subjects. My collectors tell me that they share the joy I experience in interpreting the Canadian Landscape.
I have been fortunate to have won numerous competitions and awards for both my studio and plein air paintings in BC. In 2016 in Ontario I was an invited participant in the 50th Anniversary Plein Air Competition at the McMichael Gallery in Kleinburg ( home of the Group of Seven and Tom Thompson) , where my painting won a first place. In 2020 I was honored to have been chosen a faculty participant in the Plein Air Convention in Santa Fe NM and the only Canadian chosen to participate in the Door County Plein Air competition in Wisconsin. Although cancelled for 2020 they are rescheduled for 2021.
My work has been sited in Arabella Magazine, in South West Art and in the North Light Books: The Best of Acrylics 2014 , 2015 , 2016 and Plein Air Magazines- Plein Air Today.
I enjoy conducting workshops in studio and plein air painting and during Covid shutdown began on-line teaching.
I am honoured to have been selected into membership of:
Society of Canadian Artists
Federation of Canadian Artists
Ontario Society of Artists
Cathy and I share our time between Courtenay BC. (winter months) and Collingwood Ontario (summer months) .