When I am not painting and camping in the summer, I spend my time here at St. Benedict Catholic Secondary School in Cambridge. I recently created this painting for a teaching colleague of mine that became the vice principal of the school. This painting now hangs in his office.
A few years back when I was first getting started with painting, I went to the McMichael Gallery to see the Group of Seven works on display. When I got there I was surprised to find there was an art sale in the lobby that weekend. I was inspired by the multitude of beautiful Ontario landscapes on display.
Ever since that day I have wanted to have my work shown in the McMichael show. I was impressed by the quality of the art I saw at that show and I figured that if I was ever good enough to have my art shown at this event, it would validate the work I put into my paintings; I could finally say that I made it.
This year, my paintings were accepted into the Autumn Art Show. I am excited to be in the show with other artists I respect and just down the hall from works by Tom Thompson, Franklin Carmichael and Lawren Harris. If you are free any time between Oct 23-25, you should definitely come by and check out the sale and gallery.
This long weekend, I will be exhibiting at the Oakville Art Society’s Art in the Park. The show starts at 10 AM in Bronte Waterfront Heritage Park, and the weather looks like an improvement on last year’s. Hope to see you there.
This is a video of a painting I created for an “art battle” at my school. All the artists had 30 min to create a work of art and at the end the art works were sold for charity.
I have never tried to create a painting in such a short amount of time. I usually think that if I finish a painting in a week I have done well. To prepare, I made a painting at home as fast as I could. Then the next day, I created the same painting at school. I found this was very helpful in getting the painting done quickly.
After the art battle, I went back to my practice painting and took some more time to finish it.
This weekend I will be showing my work at Art on the Street in Guelph. Come on out and support local artists and take a look at some of my new paintings. I have just finished this large painting of a lookout on Georgian Bay and it will be available for sale this weekend.
This is the view from the top of a lookout above a campsite on Philip Edward Island. You can see the mountains of Killarney Provincial Park on the horizon.
For the month of May 2014, a number of my paintings will be on display at the main branch of the Guelph Public Library. Feel free to go check them out. If anyone sees one they like, they can contact me through email or phone.
This is a painting of the waterfront of a summer camp I attended as a child. It was at camp where I learned a love for canoe trips and cemented my love for the outdoors. My years at summer camps had a great impact on my life and I used to look forward to attending camp all year long. I created this painting as a part of a fundraiser that is taking place during a camp reunion in the spring. If you worked at any of the KW YMCA camps, you should certainly consider coming out to the reunion.
This past weekend I was in Guelph for their annual Art on the Street art sale. It was a lot of fun and I ended up being interviewed/photographed for both the Guelph Tribune and the Guelph Mercury. While at the show, I passed the time by creating a new painting of a point at sunset.