Peaceful Spirit  2019
Peaceful Spirit 2019

Mixed media on canvas with resin. 40” x 30”

Private Collection: P. Trick & R. Fisher, Nanaimo, B.C.

Chesterman Beach  2018
Chesterman Beach 2018

Mixed media on canvas with resin. 24” x 30”

Private Collection: R. & J. Phipps, Nanaimo, B.C.

Shack Island Study No. 1  2018
Shack Island Study No. 1 2018

Mixed media on canvas with resin. 12” x 12”

Private Collection: J. Stedman, Nanaimo, B.C.

Shack Island Study No. 2  2018
Shack Island Study No. 2 2018

Medium: Mixed media on canvas. 12” x 12”

Private Collection: M. & D. Steel, Nanaimo, B.C.

This unresined work is one of four original sketches for the ‘Shack Island’ series. These works prepared the way for the larger works to follow. As mentioned before, many Nanaimo residents have shared just how important this place is for them. Local author and historian, Douglas Steel, who’s works include: Nanaimo: A Pictorial History and Changing Times: The Forties through Seventies, Memories of the Past, would be one of those residents. I am honoured to know that Doug and his wife Margaret are now members of the In Collection family!

Shack Island No. 1  2018
Shack Island No. 1 2018

Mixed media on canvas with resin. 48” x 60”

Private Collection: S. & D. Mattson, Nanaimo, B.C.

This is the original ‘Shack Island’ image from the series of the same name. Pulled from the studio into commission, I completed this piece for very good friends and long time collectors. I have always been fascinated by these simple shacks that used to number greater than the 8 or so that remain. I wanted the image to be captured with a rough sketch feel and vibrant and glowing colour. I am thrilled that this piece means so much to our dear friends!

Herring Boats No. 1/2  2014
Herring Boats No. 1/2 2014

Mixed media on canvas with resin. 48” x 30”

Private Collection: S. & D. Mattson, Nanaimo, B.C.

Undoubtedly attracted to the Nanaimo harbour, I find that as and artist, the most intriguing draw to me about this space are the fishing boats. They are a visual feast to the eyes and each one seems to tell a unique story. This boat in particular captivated me not just for these qualities, but for her beauty, elegance and grace. In my mind, she is a classic. Her colour and light reflected in the water and the lines of her wooden hull are the inspiration to create this piece.

The Garden  2016
The Garden 2016

Mixed media on canvas with resin. 24” x 30”

Private Collection: S. & D. Mattson, Nanaimo, B.C.

It is always a joy to be able to be involved in projects that are so very personal. I was asked by a friend to create a painted memory of his wife’s father and his love for their backyard garden. It was important to me to be able to capture the bursting colour and light in this scene as well as the sense of peace it exudes.

Shoreline Palms  2018
Shoreline Palms 2018

Mixed media on canvas with resin. 24” x 48”

Private Collection: L. Dionne & D. Dachis, West Vancouver, B.C.

I loved working on this commission for a wonderful couple - friends who inspire us by their love of travel. I was inspired by their love of sun drenched coasts and majestic palms. The colours of the sky invoke a fire that powers this image for me.

Qualicum Street  2014-15
Qualicum Street 2014-15

Mixed media on canvas with resin. 40” x 30”

Private Collection: D. Brendon, Vancouver, B.C.

A typical winter day on Vancouver Island? Once again, that voice, “look back” was there reminding me that there was an opportunity to see something beyond the typical, everyday. This beautiful little town had so much to offer beyond the amazing coffee and breakfast. The low hanging clouds, the fog and rain were the inspiration for this street scene. The colours were there, but nature had a wonderful way of muting them this morning.

Sedona No. 2/2  2015
Sedona No. 2/2 2015

Mixed media on canvas with resin. 16” x 40”

Private Collection: R. & D. Hudson, North Vancouver, B.C.

Similar to the feeling of capturing the energy of an urban landscape such as Manhattan island from the Brooklyn shore, but also like the feeling I had trying to take in the magnitude of Uluru. The architecture of this natural setting in Sedona is stunning. Once more, the desert palette is back and for me, this convergence of those planes of colour is hugely significant to me and in my work as an artist.

Sunset Beach No. 1/2  2014-15
Sunset Beach No. 1/2 2014-15

Mixed media on canvas with resin. 40” x 30”

Private Collection: S. Ghoshal and M. Eng, Vancouver, B.C.

Mackenzie and Middle beaches will always be special to us, and to me as an artist. Inspired by a late spring evening on the coast with good friends. We stayed on the beach until the very last golden glow gave way to what was a perfect star-filled night sky. I enjoyed working on this piece as I challenged myself to capture the essence of the moment in contrasting darkness and brilliant colour.

Narrows Sunset No. 1  2018
Narrows Sunset No. 1 2018

Mixed media on canvas with resin. 24” x 48”

Private Collection: C. & R. Den Ouden, Nanaimo, B.C.

This piece is inspired by the stunning view of the Coastal Mountains as seen through the narrows of Newcastle and Protection Islands. The project was completed after close to four years. This work of art is an example of why I am following my heart; the time to create and complete projects is so important to me and our friends who support us.

Manhattan Skyline No. 2/2  2015-18
Manhattan Skyline No. 2/2 2015-18

Mixed media on canvas with resin. 30” x 40”

Private Collection: Toronto, Ontario

This second in a series of canvasses is inspired by the our trip to New York. Once more architectural in design. This night time sky attempts to capture the colour and energy of the city that never sleeps. More pure in design, “Manhattan Skyline No. 2/2” allowed me to push myself beyond traditional representational work. With this work, I have begun to work with a dark starting point and a white gouache gesture that builds my urban landscape.

Boat Basin No. 2/4  2015
Boat Basin No. 2/4 2015

Mixed media on canvas with resin. 48” x 60”

Private Collection: C. & M. Brzoza, Nanaimo, B.C.

The second in the series, this painting of the Nanaimo boat basin moved out of the ‘window’ established in the first. The treatment of the media remains dynamic within this active harbour scene. I am inspired by the movement and the light once again and my line dances to both capture and create pockets of colour throughout the composition.

Herring Boats No. 2/2  2014
Herring Boats No. 2/2 2014

Mixed media on canvas with resin. 48” x 30”

Private Collection: C. & M. Brzoza, Nanaimo, B.C.

There is a lot going on here and it isn’t just the boats. This place inspires in the way the boast are clustered along the docks in what appears to be a haphazard fashion. This is very exciting to me as an artist; to feel that almost instinctive desire to capture that gesture of the scene and the maze of line and cable that tie all of these verticals and diagonals together. Amidst this gesture is an amazing light and colour that explodes on a backdrop of an otherwise serene landscape.

The Black Forest  2010-14
The Black Forest 2010-14

Mixed media on canvas with resin. 36” x 48”

Private Collection: B. & H. Veller, Nanaimo, B.C.

Once again I am in awe of the breathtaking possibilities that come from amazing light sources and the grandeur of the sea. These ships have often docked off of Gabriola Island waiting for what seems like weeks to load or unload. Their arrival and departure always seems magically instantaneous. My ferry, the Quinsam, found me the right moment in time to capture a few photographs that have inspired, “The Black Forest”.

Clarendon Sunset No. 1/2  2015
Clarendon Sunset No. 1/2 2015

Mixed media on canvas with resin. 24” x 48”

Private Collection: B. & H. Veller, Nanaimo, B.C.

A rooftop patio with good friends is the inspiration for this piece. The explosion of light and the stark contrast created at that brief moment in time was breathtaking. I love the colours that nature provided for me which were in absolute and complete sync with my internal palette. These are the moments in life that I wish to capture in all their raw quality and I think, more than most, this image grants that wish.

Canoes No. 3/3  2014
Canoes No. 3/3 2014

Mixed media on canvas with resin. 30” x 40”

Private Collection: K. & G. Steel, Nanaimo, B.C.

I take thousands of pictures which aid me in finding the right image to create my paintings. Sometimes, however, my reference and inspiration, is a vivid memory. “Canoes No. 3/3” was inspired by the unforgettable canoe trips I took in my youth in Northern Saskatchewan. The trees, water and light are symbolically represented. The overturned canoes represent rest at the end of a long paddle.

Boat Basin No. 1/4  2014
Boat Basin No. 1/4 2014

Mixed media on canvas with resin. 24” x 48”

Private Collection: P. Trick & R. Fisher, Nanaimo, B.C.

My favourite thinking spot; the boat basin has been a good friend to me since arriving on the coast twelve years ago. Close by, always able to take away my worries, she has always allowed my mind to travel freely and has helped me make important decisions in my life. “Boat Basin No. 1/4” re-introduces the window metaphor which is an echo from other works I have completed in the past.

Sunset Beach No. 2/2  2015
Sunset Beach No. 2/2 2015

Mixed media on canvas with resin. 40” x 30”

Private Collection: P. Trick & R. Fisher, Nanaimo, B.C.

It is almost unbelievable the spectrum of colour that is revealed in the last seconds before the setting of the sun. Our constructions and otherwise man-made environments too often block our view of the natural world and we forget how magical these moments can be. These awe inspiring events offer the inspiration to capture the colour as it expresses itself to me and reminds me of a special place in time that’s will always be there.

Skang Gwaii  2016
Skang Gwaii 2016

Mixed media on canvas with resin. 48” x 24”

Private Collection: P. Trick & R. Fisher, Nanaimo, B.C.

‘Skang Gwaii’ was an opportunity to work on a commission for a friend who himself has been inspired to visit the ancient totems of Haida Gwaii as part of his research for a book he is writing. From the massive number of images Robin provided to me from which to work, I drew my inspiration from a grouping of totems that seemed most weathered. The effect of the aging of the cedar created a magical internal light that almost seem to glow and just needed to be captured in this piece.

F2 Return  2007
F2 Return 2007

Mixed media on canvas with window frame and glass. 54” x 24”

Private Collection: M. & B. Strain, Nanaimo, B.C.

This triptych is a piece that was originally shown as part of the Windows 2000 Show on Gabriola Island in 2007. A sister painting to F1 Enter, which represents both the beginning of life and leaving Saskatchewan, F2 Returns three images under glass represent returning to the west coast for a new beginning for myself and my family.

Middle Beach No. 5/5  2016
Middle Beach No. 5/5 2016

Mixed media on canvas with resin. 48” x 48”

Private Collection: M. & B. Strain, Nanaimo, B.C.

“Middle Beach No. 5/5” is an the final diversion from the five in this series. Number 5 is was painted with the chairs in and allowed for a more intricate look at the light on the trees and the area surrounding the chairs. This was a last look at a spot we so lovingly enjoyed - painted for such great friends!

Hornby Island  2013-15
Hornby Island 2013-15

Mixed media on canvas with resin. 30” x 40”

Private Collection: M. & B. Strain, Nanaimo, B.C.

What started off as an opportunity to capture the beauty of the islands in this space, became something more. I was quite fascinated by the images and structures in the water and I spent the afternoon exploring that and other tangents along the way. Hornby Island is a one of several pieces which began as canvasses painted on site in late summer of 2013.

Ocean Panorama  2015
Ocean Panorama 2015

Mixed media on canvas with resin. 16” x 40”

Private Collection: Nanoose, B.C.

This panorama is from one of our favourite locations on the planet. This time, the deck at Middle Beach Lodge served up this unbelievably beautiful moment in time. I was struck by the barely visible line between sea and sky. That thin line adds to the power and enormity of this ocean scene. Once again we are recharged by the warm glow of the sun on this otherwise rainy weekend getaway.

Nanoose Sunrise  2016
Nanoose Sunrise 2016

This commission was inspired by the beautiful ocean landscape of Nanoose Bay. An amazing vista of the Winchelsea Islands made this painting a joy to create. The technical challenges of working on a canvas so large, however, created set backs but, as with all projects, this piece was the challenge I needed in my journey as an artist.

Mixed media on wood panel with resin. 48” x 72”

Private Collection: Nanoose, B.C.

Hornby Sunset  2015
Hornby Sunset 2015

Mixed media on canvas with resin. 30” x 40”

Private Collection: Nanaimo, B.C.

A heart-shaped pool created by low tide rocks just off shore was slowly revealed with the arrival of this Qualicum Bay sunset. This was the first time in years that I had took the chance to set up an easel and paint on site. I began several canvasses from this location. What I discovered about painting “live” was the sense of being a part of the landscape I was trying to capture.

Fire Hydrant  2014-15
Fire Hydrant 2014-15

Mixed media on canvas with resin. 30” x 40”

Private Collection: N. & B. Waddell, Nanaimo, B.C.

Photographer, Dewitt Jones always reminds me of how the smallest of everyday things often provide us with the greatest moments of inspiration. We just need patience to wait for those scenes to be revealed to us. This scene was revealed to me as I took a break from working in my studio long enough to view though my window the ironic moment of what seemed like fire exploding from the small hydrant in front of our home.

San Josef Bay  2010-14
San Josef Bay 2010-14

Mixed media on canvas with resin. 30” x 88”

Private Collection: J. & B. Musgrave, Nanaimo, B.C.

I just couldn’t get enough canvas to do justice to this inspiring landscape! The polyptych is my first large landscape project since arriving on Vancouver Island. It is also a key piece in the development of my style and technique as it was through this work that I allowed myself to explore new ways of applying paint to canvas. That four year exploration has lead me to where I am today as an artist.

Stone Face  2014
Stone Face 2014

Mixed media on canvas with resin. 48” x 30”

Private Collection: T. Fitterer, Nanaimo, B.C.

There is a beach near Tofino where a shear but broken rock face meets the sand. It is a beautiful but rugged area of the world that has tempted me to try a different approach. The stark surface reminds me of the lines in the face of an old man. “Stone Face” is representational but is abstracted. I have centered my attention on the line quality and the shapes that are created as planes of colour meet.

Middle Beach No. 4/5  2014
Middle Beach No. 4/5 2014

Mixed media on canvas with resin. 30” x 24”

Private Collection, North Battleford, SK.

“Middle Beach No. 4/5” is an technical diversion from the first three in this series. Number 4 is a pure study of technique and light. Drilling down to what I think of as the rebar or bones of a composition helps to remind me of the important design elements involved and to the process of abstraction. It also helps me think of where the next evolution of the painting might take me.

The Bastion No. 1/2  2015
The Bastion No. 1/2 2015

Mixed media on canvas with resin. 24” x 48”

Private Collection: P. & B. St. Arnault, Nanaimo, B.C.

The downtown core is a vibrant space that provides me with an energy to want to explore. There is a lot of history here amidst the retail “busyness” of this city. The arts district to my back, the restaurants and shops selling their unique one-offs to my left and right and a stark white bastion ahead of me, a reminder of an earlier time when standing on guard was deemed necessary.

Two Boards No. 1/2  2015
Two Boards No. 1/2 2015

Mixed media on canvas with resin. 48” x 30”

Private Collection: L. Tait & G. Chantrell, Nanaimo. B.C.

There is something incredibly special about the west coast of Vancouver Island; the ocean at Cox Bay is perfect for surfers and for artists hoping to capture that perfect moment. Though just beginning their journey, these two surfers seemed intimately connected to this landscape. The sea and sky created this moment of subtle tones on this misty day. For me it is the beginning of a new series and a new view of this amazing ocean paradise.

The Palace  2015
The Palace 2015

Mixed media on canvas with resin. 30” x 40”

Private Collection: B. Esliger & P. Hewitt, Gabriola Island, B.C.

These back streets are a bit of a mystery to many, To me it provides an opportunity to explore a lifelong passion of mine, architecture. As a kid I used to draw buildings and cities of the future. As a young adult I studied ancient cities and historic palaces of the world. Today, I just love the way the light plays on the facade of the gracefully aging hotels and banks of the early days of this city.

Uluru No. 2/2  2013-15
Uluru No. 2/2 2013-15

Mixed media on canvas with resin. 16” x 40”

Private Collection: Nanaimo, B.C.

I made a special trip to Australia in 1987 to travel the outback to fulfill a childhood dream of visiting Ayers Rock. The journey, the climb and the view from Uluru, as it is now called, was awe inspiring. The paprika colour from the rock often finds it’s place on my palette as is most evident in my work, “Canoes”. “Uluru No. 2/2 is a canvas based on a small acrylic wash sketch of the same title painted in 1989.

Prickly Pear No. 1  2018
Prickly Pear No. 1 2018

Mixed media on canvas with resin. 36” x 48”

Private Collection: C. & M. Brzoza, Nanaimo, B.C.

‘Prickly Pear’ was created for good friends and is based on my fascination with this amazing cactus found on many of our Arizona desert walks. The larger scale of this piece was important in illustrating the bold colour and line that are inspired by the subject matter.

Middle Beach No. 2/5  2014
Middle Beach No. 2/5 2014

Mixed media on canvas with resin. 16” x 20”

Private Collection: J. & B. Johnstone, Waterloo, Ontario

In “Middle Beach No. 2/5” I moved from the original quick sketch to a more detailed look through the trees of the chairs. This was the first opportunity to examine the light and shadows cast by the setting sun off the west coast.

Water Bomber No. 1  2018
Water Bomber No. 1 2018

Mixed media on canvas with resin. 16” x 20”

Private Collection: K. St. Arnault, Nanaimo, B.C.

Painted as a request, this piece was inspired by the Mars water bombers at Sprout Lake. Kristy was excited for the reveal and you can see her reaction “In Consultation”. This project is a return to the subject matter that served well in an collaborative project with a good friend. You can see Scott’s project “In Collaboration”.

Manhattan Skyline No. 1/2  2014
Manhattan Skyline No. 1/2 2014

Mixed media on canvas with resin. 48” x 72”

Private Collection: K. & A. St. Arnault, Nanaimo, B.C.

Inspired by our first 2013 trip to New York City, “Manhattan Skyline” is a significant work for me as an artist. It is reflective of my emerging abstract expressionist style and technique. This work illustrates the use of a broad palette of media including the first use of resin. The energy from the arts in this amazing city and the chance to represent this urban landscape is the inspiration for this piece.

Qualicum Bay  2013-14
Qualicum Bay 2013-14

Mixed media on canvas with resin. 48” x 48”

Private Collection: K. & A. St. Arnault, Nanaimo, B.C.

Born and raised in Saskatchewan, I know about amazing sunset skies. “Qualicum Bay” was inspired by yet another beautiful day, being thankful for the opportunity to live near the ocean and a new found appreciation for the power of those amazing sunset skies. With a purposely bold palette, I wanted this work to radiate colour and light. As an artist that expressive colour is so very important to me.

Hidden Valley 2015
Hidden Valley 2015

Mixed media on canvas with resin. 36” x 48”

Private Collection: K. Wareham, Vancouver, B.C.

It was a wonderful hike on South Mountain that kept me saying to myself, “stop and look behind you, you might miss something!” And I would have if I had hadn’t stopped and turned to see these giant saguaro standing among these amazing rock formations. I love the play of the light and shadow among these planes of colour. A good friend of mine told me that I had to see this place, he was so right! Thanks Harry!

Sedona No. 1/2  2015
Sedona No. 1/2 2015

Mixed media on canvas with resin. 12” x 36”

Private Collection: K. Wareham, Vancouver, B.C.

Similar to the feeling of capturing the energy of an urban landscape such as Manhattan island from the Brooklyn shore, but also like the feeling I had trying to take in the magnitude of Uluru. The architecture of this natural setting in Sedona is stunning. Once more, the desert palette is back and for me, this convergence of those planes of colour is hugely significant to me and in my work as an artist.

Park Avenue  2015
Park Avenue 2015

Mixed media on canvas with resin. 36” x 24”

Private Collection: K. Wareham, Vancouver, B.C.

What trip to New York would be complete without a view of the Empire State Building. We came upon this Park Avenue scene in our attempt to capture a look at that famous building. It was the crisp air and the golden glow of the morning sun on these pastel buildings, however, that stopped us in our tracks, and became the inspiration for this piece.

Under The Bridge  2015
Under The Bridge 2015

What I found fascinating about this place was the “business” going on under this famous bridge. The bridge itself almost seemed to slide, as it does in this work, to the background. As with many works that I have created, the excitement and energy of the urban architecture is of significance to me. This lifelong passion with architectural three dimensional spaces and the shapes and shadows that their volume creates is always with me when I strive to capture that energy in my work.

Medium: Mixed media on canvas with resin.

Dimensions: 36” x 24”

Private Collection: K. Wareham, Vancouver, B.C.

Middle Beach No. 3/5  2014
Middle Beach No. 3/5 2014

What Andrea jokingly calls “Chairless in Tofino”, “Middle Beach No. 3/5” is a technical diversion in this series. Number 3 is another study of technique and light. This larger version was created for our mother who has the original sketch facing it in her home.

Medium: Mixed media on canvas with resin.

Dimensions: 48” x 48”

Private Collection: E. Johnstone, Nanaimo, B.C.

Middle Beach No. 1/5  2014
Middle Beach No. 1/5 2014

The original “Middle Beach No. 1/5” from the series is a sketch which started a series of technical studies. I fell in love with this image and was inspired by the unbelievable location at Middle Beach near Tofino. The light and shadows and the simple, yet memorable composition became a popular image for me for a number of years.

Medium: Mixed media on canvas with resin.

Dimensions: 24” x 30”

Private Collection: E. Johnstone, Nanaimo, B.C.

F1 Enter   2007
F1 Enter 2007

This triptych is a piece that was originally shown as part of the Windows 2000 Show on Gabriola Island in 2007. The three images under glass represent my entry into the world as well as loss, struggle, and re-birth. The pastel and placement of objects under glass capture these moments in time. The metaphor of a window has been a recurring theme for me as an artist.

Medium: Mixed media on canvas with window frame and glass.

Dimensions: 54”x 24”

Private Collection: RE:Creative Studios, Nanaimo, B.C.

Empty Stage  2015
Empty Stage 2015

Inspired by Andrea and her yoga practice, this painting is about clearing the mind. Her poem connects with my own journey to find balance in my work and as an artist in a world filled with chaos. The inspiration is in her words:

“It may be brief, this mindful journey

To find that empty, peaceful stage

Come back, connecting breath and mind

The peace you seek is always there.”

Medium: Mixed media on canvas with resin.

Dimensions: 16” x 40”

Private Collection: RE: Creative Studios, Nanaimo, B.C.

Alternate Landscape  2008-13
Alternate Landscape 2008-13

For five years, this canvas was tagged, torn, sprayed, painted and re-painted again. This was the only canvas in my alternate school classrooms. As their art teacher and mentor, countless numbers of disengaged youth found moments of peace and clarity with this surface. “Alternate Landscape” is a collaborative piece as the layers of this painting are the collective expression and memories of many, sealed beneath the resined surface.

Medium: Mixed media on canvas with resin.

Dimensions: 48” x 72”

Private Collection: RE: Creative Studios, Nanaimo, B.C.

Desirement* In Collaboration  2018
Desirement* In Collaboration 2018

‘Desirement*’ is an ‘In Collaboration’ piece created at ‘The Desirement* Show in Vancouver, October 12-14, 2018. This In Collaboration was yet another wonderful opportunity paint with others. As I have shared as an arts educator for nearly 25 years, too often we are afraid to express ourselves and are fearful of using paint to do so. It is so satisfying to me to have this conversation with individuals who say, “I can’t paint!” and “I’m not artistic!” when the reality is that we are all capable of expressing our creative selves…that expression is what makes us human!

Medium: Mixed media on canvas with resin.

Dimensions: 48” x 60”

Private Collection: RE: Creative Studios, Nanaimo, B.C.

Self-Portrait  2010
Self-Portrait 2010

Cohort members would recognize this piece as my final project for one of the courses in our Masters in Educational Leadership program at VIU. The back side of this canvas speaks to my thesis, Windows of Opportunity. The self-portrait humorously references Irving Stone’s, ‘agony and ecstasy’ as the ‘crazy work’ of balancing the busy and passionate life as an alternate education teacher, masters student, single dad and artist.

Medium: Mixed media on canvas.

Dimensions: 48” x 60”

Private Collection: RE: Creative Studios, Nanaimo, B.C.