I seek to create bold and beautiful art that transforms spaces into places where inspiration and imagination thrive.
When I walk into a room I automatically scan the place for art. I soak in its colour & composition. I examine its texture and layers, then imagine how it was created. I feel how it nudges my thoughts & feelings. I am very conscious of how I am affected by art in a room. I think most people experience visual nudges from art, even though they might not be fully conscious of it.
I particularly love being in places with art that infuse me with wonder, curiosity, or a sense of playfulness. My art is designed to provide this experience for others. As an artist, I’m on a mission to transform spaces into places where inspiration & imagination thrive. Places where people are continually reminded of ideals that sustain them.
I use art as a means of exploring the wonder of new ideas, imagining their curious possibilities. Like one panning for gold in the streams of consciousness, I play with the colours, shapes, and lines to discover powerful combinations that become a nugget of art. These valuable nuggets become the currency of transformation.
I am eager to embrace life as wholly as possible. I know there is still much to explore and discover. I feel a compulsion to develop complementary aspects of my artistic interests. I bring my lifetime of science teaching and self-study of art to combine the logical with the emotional, the bold with the beautiful, and the tangible with the spiritual. I love painting non-representational abstract, and representational impressionistic work, as I see them as two sides of the same beautiful coin.
Whether it is representational or non-representational, I paint to create bold and beautiful art that works to inspire & ignite the imagination.
A bit on my artistic influences:
I’ve always had a passion for fine artwork. My artistic passion began as a child in the playful world of cartoons, especially Bill Watterson’s “Calvin & Hobbes”, where I was fascinated by how so few lines could communicate so much. While tree planting in northern Ontario I discovered Canada’s own “Group of 7”. I have been particularly inspired by Lawren Harris, Franklin Carmichael, and Tom Thomson. Their ability to distill a composition to its emotional and spiritual essence amazes me. As an adult, I became enamoured with the wonder of abstract art. The work of Keith Wood, Barnet Newman, Mark Rothko, & Franz Kline has been particularly instructive to my work. Abstract art is able to convey much by saying nothing in particular. I see it as visual poetry. It is able to share the essence of an idea on a visceral level while being generous and hospitable to various interpretations.
I am an active member of both the Manitoba Society of Artists and the Federation of Canadian Artists.