Beach Balloons - I remember as a youngster growing up next to a lake that had a small but wonderful little beach near our home. My brother and I would do our best to coax mom to take us there most days during the summer months for a swim and to play in the sand. It was a wonderful time that I still recall fondly many years later.
Forest Stream - When on a hike and I hear running water I find I’m drawn to it like a magnet – maybe it’s the kid still alive in me! This painting is based on a photo I took a few years back of a little stream running through a conservation area. For me, the sound of burbling water in a stream is one of nature’s most awesome ways of centering the soul.
Laid Aground - I love boats – perhaps a carry over for having had the amazing opportunity of being raised beside a lake. It’s always sad to see a boat that’s been abandoned for whatever reason. I would much prefer to see it receive the rites of a decent ending whether at sea or ashore.
Rent A Bike - It’s interesting the number of places in urban communities where one can rent a bicycle. In our city the local transit busses have racks on the front that if you should decide you’ve had enough biking for one day you can load your bike and sit back and enjoy the ride.
Living Rough - Last year I had the opportunity to participate in a project researching homelessness in Canada. I was surprised at how many people are living in this relatively affluent country with literarily no roof over their head. The reasons are many and the consequences depressingly similar: ill health, mental illness, depression, suicide. Encouragingly, there are some hopeful indicators that society is beginning to recognize and respond to this humanitarian crisis in helpful ways.
African Daises - This painting is an attempt to create a semi abstract of an African Daisy cluster. Africa is a continent full of colour but also great suffering and tragedy for its people. I’ve tried to catch some of this beauty but also a little of the rawness of change sweeping through many of the countries that make up this continent.
High Society - Newfoundland is an amazingly beautiful province with magnificent landscapes and seascapes. For many years numerous little outports were located along the rugged coastline with homes built in a kind of terraced fashion and finished with a rainbow of colours. Sadly with the province’s relocation policy a number of years ago many of these unique little communities no longer exist.
Grizzly Ground - Here’s another in my series on mystery novel covers. This one I call Grizzly Ground. The plot synopsis may go something like this: Lorne McHardy, on a hunting trip lasting several days, was found dead by a search party near the bottom of a series of cascading falls. Initially, the police report indicated a bear attack. Ten years later two hunters in the same area uncovered a gruesome secret that strongly indicated Lorne McHardy died as a result of murder.
Midnight Tram - My first visual language, so to speak, was photography and it still remains a powerful influence for me. When I began to do and learn more about digital painting I found it difficult to separate myself from the ingrained tenets of photography – sharpness and detail. Eventually, I reached a greater degree of comfort with an image where selective parts bore more detail and others less so. I think it’s this uninhibited freedom that I love about impressionism. This painting is…
While walking along a beach a few years ago I came upon a child’s sand pail half buried near the water’s edge. I could imagine a family quickly gathering the kids’ stuff at the end of their stay and inadvertently leaving the pail behind – forgotten!