In the decades since my first show, I have explored many subjects, materials, and techniques as a painter—and have also made low relief and free standing sculpture. Eventually, my interest in sculpture evolved into what I think of as three dimensional “drawings.” These are copper wire soldered works based on insects. I experimental with this work for several years before ultimately returning to full time painting
Working on two copper wire dragon flies
When I returned to painting full time, the subject matter I focused on was windows. I started painting what was inside and out side window in art school. Now I explored the relationship of plants on the window sill and views of Lake Ontario as seen through those windows. Cora, my wife, who is also an artist, has an exceptionally green thumb, and has cultivated a wonderful array of plants over the years.
The beach house studio
Plants on a windowsill
The acrylic paintings on canvas and rigid panels vary in size from small preparatory studies to large panoramic works. These early paintings were done in the Beach House studio in Hamilton ON which is on the edge of Lake Ontario close to the harbour where one can see the Great Lakes boats coming and going. The later paintings were done in various small villages on the south central pacific coast of Mexico,where Cora and I paint during the winter.
“Pigeon Pot” two joined canvas panels
” The Beautiful Two” large piece on 3 joined canvas panels
While working on the first of these new paintings, I noticed an old interest emerging. I realized that, through this work, I was trying to communicate the qualities I experience when looking at everyday things. I feel that these qualities arise from a natural if subconscious connection we have to the five elements of earth, fire, water, air, and ether, which I believe are the subtle forms behind the physical appearance of everything.
I hoped these paintings would trigger in the viewer an experience of form, light, space, and atmosphere—bringing into focus the powerful energy of everyday things in the natural world. I have always been drawn to the beauty of the way things look to me, rather than a conceptual or abstract exploration of ideas about them.
Birds of Paradise, birds outside on the line and a spirit bird etched into the privacy glass
Hummingbirds with traditional representation of mystic messengers
In all of my work I use basic geometry and math in organizing the composition. I believe this brings a sense of stillness and order to the paintings.
Since I retired from teaching, my wife and I have spent winters in St Kitts, West Indies and the Pacific coast of Mexico. We now spend 6 months in Mexico and the other half of the year in the beach house studio in Canada.
The paintings produced during the past decade in Mexico continue to reflect themes of everyday life, but are influenced by aspects of Mexican folk art, and the quality of the “Costalegre” ( happy coast )—the Pacific coastal villages where we live, paint, and travel.
Mexico studio 2018
Mexico Studio 2018
Cora Series…..” On the Balcony “
Since I retired from teaching, my wife and I have spent winters in St Kitts, West Indies and the Pacific coast of Mexico. We now spend 6 months in Mexico and the other half of the year in Canada and the US visiting family.
The paintings produced during the past decade in Mexico continue to reflect themes of everyday life, but are influenced by aspects of Mexican folk art, and the “Costalegre”—the Pacific coastal villages where we live, paint, and travel.