Member Category: Artists
I am most influenced by my immediate surroundings, whether it be in my hometown of Stratford, Ontario or my summer retreat in Herring Neck, Newfoundland. Growing up outside of Woodstock, Ontario had a profound affect on my work. The still life items and landscapes that I paint are items or places that catch my eye because of the lighting, texture and the significance they hold in my daily life. When I work on a portrait it is usually of someone, who lives in my vicinity, that I admire due to the nature of their character. The media that I most often work in are acrylic, oil, casein, encaustic and graphite.
My formal art education began at the secondary school level in Woodstock, Ontario where I was fortunate to have three art teachers who had worked as professional artists prior to teaching. Through their instruction I developed an appreciation of good craftsmanship. From 1975 to 1978 I attended Sheridan College of Applied Arts and Technology, completing the three-year Illustration program. After working as an illustrator for a few years I returned to The University of Western Ontario to study Visual Arts. In 1986 I became a certified teacher through the Faculty of Education, The University of Western Ontario.
My career as an artist includes several years working as an illustrator in Ottawa and Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. From 1986 to 2012 I taught visual arts at the secondary level in Stratford, Ontario. I continue to reside in Stratford where I now work fulltime as a visual artist.
During the summer I travel to Herring Neck, Newfoundland where I have established an artist retreat. I am currently working on several series of work, one of which focuses on life in a fishing outport in Newfoundland.