Biography and Artists Statement
My father was a trapper in an age when dog teams and canoes were the mode of travel in Eastern Manitoba and Northern Ontario where, from pre-school years until my late teens, I was literally a product of that wilderness. It has irrevocably shaped my art.
Always a drawing enthusiast, I learned to paint in oils and acrylics under the tutelage of Arni Siggurdson, an artist friend with an art degree from Denmark. The Group of Seven and the French Impressionists were soon discovered and incorporated into my style. Painting direct from nature, en plein air, was a way of working that would continue for me for the rest of my life.
After a move to Port McNeill on Northern Vancouver Island, watercolours became an important part of my life in order to capture the soft hues and mists of the coast. I have been painting for over forty years, twenty-one of them full time professionally and have always considered myself privileged to be able to interpret the world around me in this marvelous fashion.