“Men With Hats” is my present series of paintings.

This series is the offspring of some larger drawings I created in 1986, about the time I was finishing my Fine Arts degree at the University of Lethbridge.
Conceptualized portraits of musicians is how I would describe this work.
Multiple views and angles similar to a photo shoot. These subjects have personality and presence. The re-emergence of musicianship in my life has been a major factor in the revival of this series.
In the mid 90’s when I started to exhibit my work on a regular basis I found myself slowly and creatively discarding preconceptions I had of the art world.
I began to paint horses specifically to exhibit at the Calgary Stampede.
I was determined to be a success, at least economically.
Little did I know that I would continue to paint these images as my primary subjects for almost a decade .
I established a good clientele but became weary of my lack of creative progress. The prospect of some economic stability with a lack of creative inspiration began to drag me down. All things considered I needed to evolve creatively. I decided to move into a new role as an independent artist.
In 2004 I met Catharine and a year later we were married and moved into Inglewood.
It is here in Inglewood that my art has flourished. I have painted series after series, rural abstracts, urban landscapes all which are derived from earlier more conservative work.
Colour, movement and texture has become my fortier. Filling the canvases with thick impasto paint is my trademark.

I have come full circle creating images that first presented themselves 25 years ago but now I am painting them with experience, sophistication and maturity behind me .

The work shows better and with each new piece there are new challenges I approach with a sense of discovery, heightened sensitivity and skill. My most creative season is upon me and I am just beginning to learn.
I see the world differently now and I think my art is finally telling the truth about my journey.
Don’t take my word for it come and see for your self.
“Seeing is believing”

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  • Joined: August 2009

Journal

I don’t know anything about art but I know what I like.

Most people think they know what good art is and yet there’s a huge gap between like and taste. / You’ve heard the term “expensive tastes” well most people with expensive tastes are people that know the difference between something of quality and something that barely hits the mark. I would suggest that those same people have paid attention to the information surrounding what they purchase.…
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Sanity is over-rated

It’s 1985 and 2 friends and I were sitting around a table drinking bourbon contemplating our graduation from art school. / It just so happens that we were all painters with common goals and uncommon styles of painting, but that’s another story. / As the conversation matured and drunk-ed-ness escalated the creative mill began to churn. / What was it really that we expected from our Bachelor of Fin…
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The Canadian Nude

The Western Figure / Volumes, gravity and weight positioned on a ground plane with perspective, is the framework by which most artist have learned to recreate the human figure. / Artists have their own preferences and attitudes when it comes to interpretation of the nude figure but ultimately it is a journey to understanding the complexities of the human form.Pisanello(1397- 1455) grouped his fig…
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The nude in Fine Art.

The Glenbow Museum in Calgary is hosting an exhibition called “The Nude in Canadian Art from 1920-1950” / Canadian Art has been dominated by landscape painting for the last 100 years at least with little or no attention paid to other art forms. / I will be seeing this exhibition this next Friday March 19 and will be writing an article about it and the nude figure in Fine Art. / I am looking for s…
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