I wish everyone a very happy and healthy 2017. Each year brings its own challenges and this year I plan to focus on challenges within my art. Working with larger canvasses has allowed me to express the choreography of the scenes with greater freedom.
A number of significant backcountry trips in 2016 provided me with a fresh collection of stunning locations and magnificent storms. There is no doubt that skies are increasingly dramatic in this time of climate change and this turbulence and dance inspires me. It'll be a challenge to interpret these scenes.
Dance of the Skies
This painting is currently in the studio.
The beautiful Hotel at Casino Rama purchased a number of reproductions of the painting to be showcased in their newly renovated rooms. It's been an honour to have my work selected for this big project and to work with the people involved.
The reproductions are on watercolour paper, 30"x40" in size, and framed with glass. If you're interested in one of these, please contact me at: email@example.com.
Algonquin Art Centre
I hope you get a chance to visit the park and experience the wonderful lakes, rivers and hiking trails it has to offer.
Distillery District, Toronto
The gallery represents my work as a resident artist. Should you be in the Distillery District drop in and enjoy the beautiful gallery.
Paula White Diamond Gallery
This gallery is located in the Bauer Marketplace, Waterloo, Ontario and represents my large canvasses to corporate and private clients.
Dr. Robert Bennett People's Choice Award Recipient 2011
Dr Robert Bennett People's Choice Award 2011
It was an honour to be awarded the Dr. Robert Bennett People's Choice Award as part of the Carmichael Juried Landscape Art Exhibit 2011 at the Orillia Museum of Art & History. I would like to thank everyone who took the time to see the exhibition and of course everyone who felt a connection with my work.
The People's Choice Award carries that special encouragement that can only come from the fact that it was awarded by the votes of the visitors to the show and the fact that Orillia is my hometown makes it that much more appreciated. There were many exciting works of art in this show and all of the artists contributed to its success.
Opening Night at the Carrier Gallery
Exhibition photos by Will Wheeler
Prime Minister Stephen Harper made a surprise visit while we were hanging the show. He took the time to talk to me about my work and the business of an artist. Photo by Jason Ransom.
New Works that explore the dynamic moods of Lake Superior have been the focus of my 2010 and 2011 work. Some of these pieces will be exhibited at the Spirits of the Earth exhibition at the John D Carrier Gallery in April.
I've made several trips to the region in summer, early fall and winter and the great lake has been generous with its locations and imagery. I know that my first visit to its shores left me rather dumbfounded, not knowing how to bring this giant of a landscape to canvas. As I came to know it better, through rigorous hikes and snowshoe trips I've felt better able to express its character. Of course I can only capture a small part of its nature. We're very fortunate to have such an expressive wilderness region in Ontario.
I would like to thank the Ontario Arts Council who generously awarded grant funds to me in 2010 in order to assist with the cost of creating this work.
The Ontario Arts Council is an agency of the Government of Ontario