I'm a visual artist so this reluctantly produced biography will be more of a visual journey than a work of literature.
The ideas are the easy part these days. I do like an image that tells a story and if it has irony or humor in a scene all the better. The real work then begins in drawing an image and experimenting with the design.
I've developed a style I like for the subjects I'm doing and I'm always experimenting using different lines, colours or textures to see what they look like.
Watercolour and ink on paper has been my favorite medium but then I discovered drawing on an iPad Pro and am producing most of my images on it. The good and bad news is it allows you to make endless changes. You have to make a decision at some point.
Away from the drawing table will find me with a camera in hand out with my wife looking for an interesting composition. The attraction is, it's instant art, with limitations.
I've taken many courses and workshops that ranged from Sign Painting and Cartoon Drawing to Portrait and Figure Drawing and Watercolour Painting. There were two that still stand out.
One was a weekend workshop given by Brian Johnston on watercolour painting. He had a bold loose approach that I’d never seen before and it really appealed to me. The most influential event came from a Life Drawing class I took from Sybil Andrews while still in school. She was a renowned Lino Block artist (unknown to me at the time) who could come along and say a couple of words as you drew and it would open up a whole new area awareness.
Below are some examples of the work I've done in the past.
I lived on Quadra Island for seven years and took a fifteen minute ferry trip to Campbell River, where I worked in a printing shop. I was building a house at this time and drew cartoons for the island's biweekly newspaper. At times it was a stretch to come up with material.
Lastly a sample of architectural design and illustration and below a couple of logos I've drawn.
Besides drawing, I discovered at a young age endurance sports were something I was fairly good at and I still like to cycle, hike, kayak and Nordic ski. There are four marathons and a few bike and running race wins on the athletics resume.
I've always liked bicycling. It represented freedom as a kid and still does today. I did a few seasons of bike racing but enjoyed riding bike tours far more. The most memorable was a solo bike tour from Campbell River to Montreal at seventeen to see Expo 67. It was sometimes exhausting and lonely but it was a great way to see the county and Expo 67 was fantastic.
I've had two main careers, Architectural Drafting and Commercial Printing. I liked that they both had artistic content and on the practical side, the pay was more consistent than being a full time artist.
Between jobs I took on some work that was outside of my formal training but turned into some great experiences if being a little scary at times.
I was lucky to grow up just south of Campbell River on Vancouver Island and our house looked across the highway to Georgia Strait. Beyond that were the Discovery Islands and the Coast Mountains. It was a constantly changing and dramatic view. It’s one reason I like bold images.