The how, what and why.
The start - Art has always been in my life. As a child I spent a lot of time with books, art and my imagination - I still do. Art was the only thing I seriously considered as a career and it suits this creative self perfectly!
Fine art - Where my imagination meets the real world. My energetic paintings include inquisitive birds and flowers as a common element in a menagerie of uncommonly coloured creatures. These characters come to life in gardens, interiors and still lifes where they fuse in an exuberant and vibrantly colourful mix that implies ‘what if’ and ‘anything is possible’. My work began as realism but morphed into the whimsical paintings that I create now.
Illustration - Bringing life to calendars, packaging, wine bottles, CD covers, books, magazines, billboards and numerous children’s books all over North America.
Inspiration and Influences - The Dutch artists and numerous old masters have long fascinated me - the light, the compositions! The inspired informality and spontaneity of primitivism and folk art while the pattern and design of medieval, Asian and eastern art all remind me of the powerful way that line, colour and shape can convey so much.
The when, where and who.
Art Education - I received my Environmental Graphic Design diploma in Edmonton, AB in 1987, 'the olden days'. I took some illustration courses and went on to explore fine art through numerous courses and workshops in Canada and the US.
Kudos - In 2001 I was Shortlisted for Governor General's award for children's book illustration. I've been honoured with several awards but few were as exciting as the blue ribbon prize I won for the drawing of a cat I did as a kid. Even back then I had a thing for cats.
Some of my clients - Disney, L.A. Times, Washington Post, Harvard Business Review, Better Homes and Gardens, Cornell University, Penguin Putnam, and Scholastic.
Where my work is - I'm fairly solitary but my work gets around: in public, corporate, and private collections in Canada and the US, in numerous juried exhibitions and traveling museum exhibitions, touring shows and galleries.
Agent - Illustration rep Deborah Wolfe Ltd. of Philadelphia has been my agent since 2001.
Galleries - The Artym Gallery, Invermere, BC, Bezanson Art Consultant, Vancouver, BC, Candler Art Gallery, Camrose, AB, Lando Gallery, Edmonton, AB and the Xanadu Gallery, Scottsdale AZ represent my fine art.
Affiliations - I'm a signature member of the Federation of Canadian Artists, member of the Oil Painters of America and the Alberta Oil Painters.
Biography, Artist Statement, CV
The abridged version isn't enough? Well here you go, full bio, artist statement and CV here.
My love for cats goes all the waaaaaaay back to 1961. Get the scoop here.
My second painting done at age 6, the start of a lifelong love of art.
My studio. I LOVE this room. It's not appointed with expensive furniture but it is full of creativity and atmosphere!