Me & My Work

I have always been interested in the creative process. I try to go beyond the mundane and impost my own interpretation on my subject matter. 

Since an early age, I have always been interested in art. I was fortunate to have some relatives that encouraged me by giving me gifts for Christmas and birthdays that increased my interest. The most important time in my educational life was the two years I spent at Nelson High School where I had Robert Bateman for a teacher. His influence is apparent in my work as well as how I see the world. I have always been a landscape artist but in recent years have tried painting wildlife too. Today my subject matter comes from our property and places close to home.

  • 1942 : Born in Hamilton, Ontario
  • 1961 : Graduated from Nelson High School
  • 1962 : Graduated from Hamilton Teachers’ College
  • 1962-67 : Taught in Burlington, Waterloo, Dundas
  • 1973 : Received B.A. from McMaster University (English)
  • 1967-96 : Taught in Hamilton
  • 1996 – Retired from teaching

I have always tried to create for myself and not to necessarily appeal to a commercial market. I paint what I like! I have spent many years learning to see. I look for things that appeal to me.sometimes they are unusual and sometimes they are obvious to the point that most people would dismiss them.

The tree I walked past at least 100 times is a good example. Although I walked past it often when I went for a walk I never really noticed it until one day…

The painting of the red tail hawk developed from the fallen pine which I had taken a picture of on one of my walks. I knew I wanted to do something with it and then one day while we were having lunch a red tail hawk landed in a tree outside our window. I made an instant connection.

The sepia drawing of the turkey vultures came about in an unusual way. I found a dead muskrat in our stream and moved it up on the bank hoping some scavenger would enjoy it for lunch.two days later there were five turkey vultures eating the remains. They are the ugliest birds alive!

I sometimes get bored with the confines of a regular size or shape in the work I do. The nuthatch painting is an example of trying to change the approach by working in a circular format.