I was born in The United States of Albertan parents who immediately took steps to have me declared a Canadian National Born Abroad–one of the first under the new dual citizenships laws passed by Parliament–which I didn’t take advantage of until I reached the age of twenty-one. Raised in N. Dakota, Lodi, California, Rochester and Granville, New York, I then went on to live in Halifax, St. John, Quebec, Toronto, Victoria, Vancouver, and most recently, Kamloops, British Columbia.
A full scholarship student at Stephens College, Columbia, Missouri, I received a B. F. A. in Theatre in 1970. My first formal lessons in painting were at The Manchester Art Center, Manchester, Vermont during the summer of 1965, when I’d just graduated from High School. These classes were to prove very influential for my instructor–a renowned local watercolourist–helped me understand that choosing one medium and staying with it one’s whole life made infinitely more sense than switching from one to another. “Even though you show promise,” he said, “you’re not likely to master one medium in your lifetime, much less two or three.”
My choice of watercolour was easy to make because I’d already fallen in love with this man’s fresh and vibrant examples which covered the Art Center walls. However, over the 45 years which have followed it is evident that it certainly does take both luck and skill to even come close to mastering this most difficult of mediums. It is by turns thrilling and maddening. I both adore it and detest it. Many many times I’ve longed to give it up in order to explore oils or acrylics–anything else, really–only to then take a deep breath and find my way back into the painting causing me challenges.
My work is on permanent display at The Old Courthouse Gallery, 7 Seymour Street, Kamloops, British Columbia [www.kamloopscourthousegallery.ca] and is also to be found in the semi-annual shows in Kamloops of The Federation of Canadian Artists which I’ve been a Member of now for over 15 years.
One of my favourite pursuits is the painting of miniatures, some as small as 1″ x 2″. Examples of these are within these blog pages.