About Me

My Work

At this time my primary interest as an artist is to communicate my thoughts about urban society. The subjects I choose to express could well be handled by a photo-journalist or a videographer however the medium of paint offers a different perspective and thereby a consideration for the viewer that surpasses documentary realism.
Much of my work is based in narrative realism, and I do use B&W photography for visual research, in addition to sketches and colour studies to finalise compositions.  The original photography serves as a basis for me to re-interpret the imagery and express the visual drama that underlies the subject.
My influences are drawn from international contemporary urban landscape artists such as Allessandro Papetti, Doniela Gullota and Canadian artists Erin McSavaney and the late Brian Kipping.


I have always been a visually oriented person so it would seem natural for me to become a fine artist yet my entry into art only began in the 1983. I took a keen interest in fine art photography and film making as a means of expressing my creativity which led me to pencil sketching, mixed media and collage. My artistic development continued with regular life drawing and studies at the Toronto School of Art and then progressed to two years of formal training at the Nelson Studio for Classical Art, an atelier in Toronto. In the meantime I practiced scenic art and design with local theatre companies and found regular employment as a movie scenic painter.

I moved to Vancouver in 2000 and continued training under master artists Paul Chizik and Michael Britten. I joined the Federation of Canadian Artists in 2005 and exhibited in juried shows at their Granville Island gallery a number of times. My first solo show was in 2007 at the Britannia Gallery in East Vancouver and further to that I took commissions for portraits and illustrations while continuing to exhibit at shows around the Lower Mainland of BC and on Vancouver Island.

I continue to be a member of IATSE  working as a scenic artist in the British Columbia film industry.


Solo Shows

2017    The Plaskett Gallery, New Westminster. “City-Seen” series.
2016    Granville Island Arts Society, Vancouver. “City-Seen” series.
2015    The Vancouver East Cultural Centre. “City-Seen” series.
2014    Britannia Gallery, Vancouver. “Do You KnowWho I Am?” Recent portraits.
2009    The Foyer Gallery, Squamish BC. “NarrativeRealism.”  Recent paintings.
2008    Presentation House Theatre, North Vancouver. Selected Paintings.
             Basic Inquiry Centre for the Figurative Arts, Vancouver. Figurative work.
2007    Britannia Gallery, Vancouver. “Holding the Moment.”  Recent paintings.

Group Shows  

2016    Unison Construction Management, Vancouver. “Exclamation” curated exhibition.
2015    Federation of Canadian Artists,Vancouver:  5th annual AIRS juried exhibition.
2014    The Burnaby Museum, Burnaby BC. “At the Movies” curated exhibition.
2012    Delta Arts Guild, Surrey: 8th annual Oil and Water juried exhibition.
2011    Basic Inquiry Centre for the Figurative Arts, Vancouver. “The Peter Read Memorial Exhibition".
             Delta Arts Guild, Surrey: 7th annual Oil and Water juried exhibition, Creative Spirit Award.
2010    THOS Gallery, Qualicum Beach, BC: Curated winter exhibition.
2007    Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver: Artist’s choice juried exhibition.
             Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver:  5th annual Painting on the Edge juried exhibition.
             Delta Arts Guild, Surrey: 3rd annual Oil and Water juried exhibition, Award of merit.
             Britannia Gallery, Vancouver: “Feast” curated exhibition
2006   Sidney & Gertrude Zack Gallery, Vancouver: “The Art of Sport” curated exhibition.
             Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver: Monochrome show juried exhibition.
             Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver:  Spontaneity show juried exhibition.
2005    Federation of Canadian Artists,Vancouver:  3rd annual Painting on the Edge juried exhibition
             Delta Arts Guild, Surrey: 1st annual Oil and Water juried exhibition.
2001    Surrey Arts Council: annual juried exhibition, 1st place award.


2017    The New Westminster Record. Quarter page review.
2015    Subject: City-Seen: an unheralded look at development.

             The National Post newspaper. Full page feature.
             The Vancouver Sun newspaper.Side bar review.
             Interview by Terry David Mulligan at Roundhouse Radio FM 98.3 Vancouver.
2009   The Squamish Chief. Quarter page review.

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