Born in Toronto, living and working in Toronto.
Studied commercial art at Western Technical School in Toronto.
As an art student I was inspired by successful Canadian editorial illustrators. The likes of Heather Cooper, Blair Drawson, Anita Kunz, were my superheroes. My education included traditional training from perspective, life drawing and the handling of a multitude of mediums for producing studies and completed works of fine art.
Working career has been as a graphic designer and editorial illustrator.
The requirement of a steady income was the incentive to choose commercial art as a career path.
Over the years as a graphic designer I had the opportunity to develop my talents as an illustrator. My earlier illustrations were produced using traditional artist’s materials (watercolour, acrylics on paper and board).
I am a long time standing member of the Association of Registered Graphic Designers (RGD Ontario) with designation RGD.
After a deadline driven and client pleasing career in commercial art I am taking another path. Production of graphic design has kept me in front of a computer screen for most of my working career. I am once again communicating with paint and brush. This has always been my first passion.
Paintings in this group are inspired by my world travels. The stone walls used in the architecture are the same as the ground walked on during these adventures. Ancient lands and ancient structures make up the colour unique to each place.
oil on canvas
30” x 24”
• Quiet, hidden residential courtyard
• Signs of medieval prosperity/affluence
• Located in Avignon’s “Exchange” quarter
• Smoke damage to the porous limestone
• Oxidized bronze bell, beauty with age
Avignon was originally a Phoenician trading post during the High Antiquity. Avignon then became a flourishing Roman town.
It suffered greatly from the barbarian invasions, followed by the Moors and the Francs in the High Middle Ages. With the expansion of trade, benefiting from its strategic position and its bridge over the Rhône, it had the status of a free town, strong and arrogant enough to defy the King of France.
The presence of the Popes made Avignon the capital of the Medieval western world in the 15th century. Great Italian banking houses followed the Popes and settled in the city. The city was a prosperous centre for money exchange and trade. The architecture reflected this prosperity. This was a papal territory up until the French Revolution. Avignon entered into relative anonymity in the 19th Century only to come back as a cultural capital in the 20th Century.
The jewel-like bell has defied the ravages of time.
Cusco Blue Door
oil on canvas
48” x 48”
Limited edition stretched canvas prints also available
• High in the Peruvian Andes
• Inca and Spanish structures
• Signs of damage from 1950 earthquake are still visible
• Dignity and beauty of the Inca culture
More than 3,000 years old, Cusco is one of the oldest cities in South America. It was the historic capital of the Inca Empire from the 13th century until Spanish conquest in the 16th century.
The ruins of the old Inca city became the foundation for the Spanish architecture seen today, and many of the stone walls that line the streets were built by the Incas.
Situated in the Peruvian Andes the elevation is approximately 11,200 feet. A very magical place of many contrasts. Inca traditional beliefs and strong Catholic ties to the Vatican coexist. After mass in one of the Spanish built Roman Catholic churches one can visit the local shaman for herbal medicines and/or talismans. The thin fresh air turns cold and crisp after the sun sets. The morning sun quickly warms the the streets during the day. Terracotta washed countryside contrasts with bright colours of textiles, pottery, doorways, handcrafts and art.
So beautiful it will have you gasping for air.
oil on canvas
48” x 36”
Limited edition stretched canvas prints are also available
Hearst Castle Grounds
San Simeon, California
• Warm golden California
• 127 acres estate
• Sun drenched rolling hills
• Iridescent glow
La Cuesta Encantada, “The Enchanted Hill” high above the ocean at San Simeon, was the creation of two extraordinary individuals, William Randolph Hearst and architect Julia Morgan. Their collaboration, which began in 1919 and continued for nearly 30 years, transformed an informal hilltop campsite into the world-famous Hearst Castle – a magnificent 115-room main house plus guest houses, pools, and 8 acres of cultivated gardens.
The natural beauty of the property leading up to the grounds was much more inspiring than the well groomed gardens surrounding the fairy tale castle.