Some process paintings of the second design for the 10ft by 25ft mural I am painting for Nakusp B.C.
This 18"X48" acrylic painting of a western toad went through quite a few changes before I settled on my final design. I got up at 5:30am one morning and took a bunch of photos in my neighborhood of Crescent Bay in Nakusp of the sunrise. Since toads are nocturnal, I painted him enjoying a bit of morning warmth before he headed off to hide under a rock somewhere. The morning star hangs delicately in the sky, so I call this piece " Sunrise Toad"
Here are some photos of my creative process painting "Metamorphosis", the first of 3 designs for a 10ft X 25ft mural in Nakusp BC, 2020/2021
Last year in Guatemala I started a series of watercolor paintings featuring little western toads, a species that is native to southern B.C. These works are exploratory studies for a mural project I am planning for the town of Nakusp B.C.
Art Talk at the Langham Gallery
On November 3rd at the Langham Gallery in Kaslo, I presented an artist talk explaining some of my ideas and inspiration for my exhibition, "Grounded". This body of work began in 2012, and I continue to enjoy drawing in charcoal and discovering new images that speak to me. Many thanks to my attentive audience and to the Langham Gallery staff, it was a lovely opening with refreshments and live music by Jan Van Gold. The exhibiton continues until Dec 15th.
"Grounded" moves to the Langham Gallery, Kaslo Nov 3rd to Dec 15 2017
I would like to announce there will be a closing reception and artist talk for my current exhibition "Grounded" at Gallery 2 in Grand Forks from 1pm - 3pm Saturday April 8th. Everyone is welcome!
Artist Statement (opening paragraph)
This exhibition of drawings explores the subject of being grounded. I explore, by examining the ground of ordinary objects, that which allows us to move outside the ordinary. I focus on visualizing weight, repetition and pattern, and work to capture something special in the subject matter. I try to bind the ordinary to the extraordinary without losing ground, without forgetting what grounds us everyday. It was out of facing this challenge I came to understand that in humble and simple objects we can realize something mysterious, something larger, perhaps even something heroic.
I am so excited to be chosen for a solo art exhibition with Light, Space & Time Online Gallery! John Math has done a beautiful job putting together a You Tube video showing an overview of my mixed media assemblage art works, sent out 70 world wide press releases, and gave me a feature page on the gallery's website. So far the traffic to my artist website has tripled! If you are interested in this type of promotion (and who wouldn't be) I would recommend checking this gallery out, they are very respectful and professional.
My colored charcoal drawing, "Bricks in Color" has found a new home. Thank you Beth and Murray Gartner of Calgary AB, I can't wait to see it framed on your wall!
Very happy to see this charcoal drawing go to a new home, thank you Laurie and Jim Brigan of Airdrie Alberta.
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