Biography

I was born in England and worked as a newspaper reporter before serving in the Royal Artillery for my national service. I wanted to go to Korea with my unit - I mean, free travel and all - but wiser heads prevailed and I was given a War Office job testing new recruits. I emigrated to Canada in 1956 and entered the photographic business, intending to make a career out of my hobby. Surprisingly, I spent the following 40 years in the photographic and audovisual industry in various senior marketing positions. Eventually tiring of the corporate environment, and foolishly forgoing the satisfaction of a regular paycheque, I started my own digital imaging and creative production house in Toronto, where I still live. I am married with three lovely daughters and three grandchildren.

Over the years, I've enjoyed working in various art forms, in addition to photography and computer graphics. In the late 1970s, I expanded a childhood love of scratching initials on school desks and assorted trees, and began wood carving. I joined the Ontario Wood Carvers Assocation (OWCA), studed with famed carving teachers Joe Dampf, Benoit Deschenes and Wayne Barton, and somehow developed my own style of interpretive carving. I probably wasn't paying attention. I was President of the OWCA during the 1980s, and edited their newsletter and website for several years. I showed my carvings in OWCA competitions and at the Canadian National Exhibition, and was completely ignored by the jurors.

I studied drawing at the Art Gallery of Ontario in 2004 and subsequently took up watercolour painting. Being a Brit, I figured this was the proper medium for me.  I credit teacher Ruth Hayes with giving me assurance that I could handle this medium and Barry Coombs for introducing me to the finer points of brush handling, design and simplification. I have tried to pay attention. I have enjoyed workshops with Art Cunanan, Hi-Sook Barker,  Doug Mays and Marc Gagnon, each of whom has been very patient. 

More recently, I have begun to work with Acrylics, studying with Lila Lewis Irving and DiDi Gadjanski.

I am very fortunate to have discovered a friendly and supportive environment within the art clubs that have accepted me as a member.

Earlier exhibitions:


Solo shows:

2012
Artify PopUp Show, Pavillion Pastries, Toronto

2013 
Tea and Canvasses, T-Buds Uptown
Artify PopUp Show, Dukem
Restaurant, Toronto

2014
Tea and Canvasses, T-Buds Uptown
Colour in Mind, The Gallery, Deer Park Church

2015
Artify PopUp Show
, Second Cup, 3233 Yonge St, Toronto: "Condo City"
Tea and Canvasses 2, T-Buds Uptown

2016
Tea and Canvasses 3, T-Buds Uptown

 

Group shows:

2010:
Shops at Don Mills Outdoor Art Exhibit
Yonge Lawrence Village Art Walk
Canadian Power & Sail Squadrons Conference, Art Show, Nanaimo, BC
North Toronto Group of Artists Fall Show

2011:
North Toronto Group of Artists Spring Studio Tour
Don Valley Art Club, Spring Show
Toronto Watercolour Society, Aquavision Juried Show
Willowdale Group of Artists, Fall Juried Show
North York Visual ArtistsFall Tour and Sale
Yonge Lawrence Village Art Walk
North Toronto Group of Artists Fall Show
Artify Holiday Art & Gift Show

2012
Square Foot Show, AWOL Gallery, Toronto
North Toronto Group of Artists Spring Studio Tour
Artists Against the MegaQuarry debut show, Toronto
North York Visual ArtistsFall Tour and Sale
Yonge Lawrence Village Art Walk
North Toronto Group of Artists Fall Show

2013

“Series 2: show, Moniker Gallery, Toronto
Artists Against the MegaQuarry show, Honeywood, ON
North Toronto Group of Artists Spring Studio Tour
North York Visual ArtistsFall Tour and Sale
Yonge Lawrence Village Art Walk
North Toronto Group of Artists Fall Show
Toronto Watercolour Society, Aquavision Juried Show
Artists Network Holiday Show and Sale

2014
Luminosity Juried Show, Bayview Watercolour Society, Unionville, ON
North Toronto Group of Artists Spring Studio Tour
Impressions, Bayview Watercolour Society, Richmond Hill ON
North Toronto Group of Artists Fall Show

2015
'A Departure from Reality: the Abstract Collective', Twist Gallery, Toronto
'Spectrum', North York Visual Artists, Toronto Centre for the Arts

North Toronto Group of Artists Spring Studio Tour
North Toronto Group of Artists Fall Show
North Toronto Group of Artists - "Changing Seasons" at Capital One's Gallery
Art Guild of Scarborough - Fall Show

2016
North Toronto Group of Artists - Living Health group show
North York Visual Artists - Spectrum 2016 group show
Don Valley Art Group - Sunnybrook Hospital group show








Artist Statement

After many years working with technology I have come to find the creative act of painting, and before this, wood carving, as pleasing to the soul.

As with my carving, I paint in a loose and intuitive style, interpreting the real world of nature in both an abstract/impressionistic and non-objective fashion.

Curriculum Vitae

Education

completed:

2013 Non-objective art, 5-day intensive course, Visual Art Mississauga - Lila Lewis Irving, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
2009 Drawing in pastel, Krista Barnett - ArtBarns, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
2006 — 2009 Watercolour painting, Barry Coombs, Instructor, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
2006 Watercolour painting en plein air - 5 day course, Grand Manan, NB, Barry Coombs, instructor, Grand Manan, New Brunswick, Canada
2004 — 2006 Watercolour painting, Ruth Hayes, Instructor, Fairlawn Community Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
2004 Drawing, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario, Canada