Men With Hats is my present series of paintings. This series is the offspring of 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 creativity. I decided to move in to 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 and which are all 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 because today I am 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”