I started my painting career at an early age. Having had many successes in my teens. I was selling and getting commissions for landscape paintings and had some local businesses buy works for their office walls. This gave me some encouragement and I started entering shows and won prizes and received honorable mentions. I felt then that painting and creating art was what I wanted to do with my life. To make a living I began working as a graphic designer and maintained a studio and painting practice in my spare time. Even though graphic design became my main creative direction for 30 years, I never lost sight of my goal.
I started in 2005 watching day by day the daily artists Duane Keiser and then Julian Merrow-Smith – Postcard from Provence and I dreamed of the day when I too could put that kind of effort into my own work.
In January 2012 I left the corporate world to become a full time painter. While I cannot yet call myself a “daily painter”, that is a title that needs to be earned, I endeavor to paint every day. The discipline I developed from my job, keeping to a schedule, meeting deadlines and so on has come in very handy as the distractions for a solitary artist are manifold.
I have been painting, printmaking, sculpting, carving, welding and casting my way through many different mediums and materials over the years, w/c’, acrylic mixed media, pastels, gouache, metal, sandstone, wood … but my primary love now is oils. I want to be the best oil painter that I can be and will continue to learn and hone my skills at every opportunity. I studied at the Art Academy in Vancouver and at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design for Continuing Studies Program. Most recently I have not only been taking courses online from Virtual Art Academy but have participated with Richard Robinson in his monthly challenges. These two programs complement each other, one providing in depth teaching of skills and the other providing both a painting assignment which utilizes them and a critique.