About

I describe myself as a pastel painter, though the process of working with this versatile medium is similar to drawing. Pen, ink and white charcoal are great materials to use when I’m travelling because they’re so portable.

September Storm. Oil Pastel on Wood Panel. 36" x 48"
September Storm. Oil Pastel on Wood Panel. 36″ x 48″

Landscape and weather are my chief inspiration. My paintings are negotiations between atmosphere and landscape that explore the ways in which light, air and water define the places we inhabit.

Originally, I started experimenting with oil pastels in the 1990s because they were odourless and are always ready to use. At the same time, I started keeping my easel beside the kitchen, so that I could paint for a few moments between other tasks. This makes it possible to work in short bursts over many days and weeks. Given my fragmented, multi-tasking routine, and the amount of traffic that passes through my workspace, they have proven to be an ideal medium.

I have always used wooden panels as supports for these paintings. Originally I worked on the back of  discarded basement paneling but soon began making my own panels using thin hardwood door skins that I get cut to size. Recently, I’ve graduated to cradled wood panels. I protect the finished paintings with matte finish acrylic spray varnish.

I grew up in Toronto, graduated in Fine Art from the University of Guelph, and live and work in Hamilton Ontario, Canada.  

Represented by 
Art Etc. Gallery Shop, Art Gallery of Burlington, 1333 Lakeshore Road Burlington ON
Earls Court Gallery, 215 Ottawa Street North, Hamilton ON

Artist CV

2014 – Square Foot Art Show, Grand Manan Art Gallery June 28 – July 17
2014 — Solo Exhibition FLOCK, DVSA Gallery May 3 – 24

2014 — Hamilton Artists Inc. Fundraiser Show, Squared, April 5
2014 – Hamilton Spectator Review of On the Rock, by Regina Haggo, March 22
2014 – Carnegie Gallery, Dundas, On the Rock, Group Show, March 7 – 30
2014 – Hamilton Spectator, Feature article by Kathy Renwald, February 14
2014 – Prize Juror, Canadian Association of University Research Administrators, February
2014 – Represented by Earls Court Gallery, 215 Ottawa Street North, Hamilton ON
2013 – Hamilton Artists Inc. Annual Members Exhibition  Nov 21 – Dec 21
2013 – Miniature Show, 337 Sketch Gallery, Hamilton, Oct 12 – 29
2013 — Represented at Art Etc. Gallery, Burlington Art Centre, 1333 Lakeshore Road Burlington
2013 — Hamilton Artists Inc. Fundraiser Show, Squared May 17-18
2013 – Feature Article Drawn Together in the May issue of the University of Guelph Alumni magazine, Portico, by Andrew Vowles  DrawnTogetherPorticoMay2013
2012 — Hamilton Artists Inc. Annual Members Show Nov. 8 – Dec. 16
2012 –  Miniatures Show, 337 Sketch Gallery, Ottawa St. North, Hamilton.  October 12-29. Audience Choice Award
2012 –  Seoul Art Fair, Seoul South Korea,  April 27 – May 12

2012 – Heliconian Club Toronto, Sketch Group Exhibition, Feb. 18 – March 7
2012 – Solo Exhibit, Core Realty, 747 Queen Street East, Toronto Jan. 19 to Feb. 16
2012 – Salon 6, Propeller Centre for Visual Arts, Invitational Group Exhibit Jan. 6 to 29
2011 – Dosan Gallery, Toronto Invitational Group Exhibition, Sept. 19 – 23
2011 – Dosan Gallery, Toronto, Invitational Group Exhibit, June 14 – 20
2011 – Heliconian Club Toronto, Sketch Group Exhibit,  March 1 – April
2011 – Propeller Centre for Visual Arts, Juried Exhibit, SCAPES Feb. 2 – 13
2011 – Propeller Centre for Visual Arts, Salon Show, Jan. 12 – 30
2010 – Propeller Centre for Visual Arts, Salon Show, Jan. 3 – 17
2009 – Propeller Centre, Unabridged, Unabashed and Unbastardized. Group Show, Feb.  18 – March 1
2009 – Propeller Centre for Visual Arts, Salon Show, Jan. 7 – 18
2005 – Discovery, Korean Consulate, Toronto, Invitation: Nov. 9 -16
2005 – Latcham Gallery, Stouffville, Juried Show, April 2 – May 14 Second Prize
2003 – Studio Show, #226 – 15 Adrian Ave., Nov. 15 -16, 2003

2002 – Art Gallery of Peel, Brampton 29th Annual Juried Show, May 4 – June 1
2001 – Art Gallery of Mississauga, 24th Annual Juried Show of Fine Arts, Dec. 13 – Feb. 3, 2002
2001 – Black Creek Pioneer Village Juried Show, Images of the Humber, May 4 – Oct. 7 Honourable Mention
2001 – Uxbridge Celebration of the Arts Annual Juried Art Exhibition, Uxbridge Municipal Council Chambers, May 17 – 27 Honourable Mention
2001 – Latcham Gallery, Stouffville, Juried Show, April 8 – May 13

1999 – Evicta Gallery, Toronto, Water Places. Solo Show, Nov. 11 – 28
1998 – Gallery 39 Burlington, Group Show, Nov. 20 – Dec. 9
1997 – Evicta Gallery, Toronto, Big Country, Group Show, July 9 – 20
1997 – Forge Gallery, Terra Cotta, Down to Earth, Group Show, May 3 – June 22
1997 – Evicta Gallery, Toronto, Solo Show, April 5 – 20

 

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