My paintings are rooted in the classical tradition with a contemporary approach. I work in the custom of painting major scale canvasses in the studio as well as the plein-air custom of working directly outdoors in a variety of environments where the natural splendor or raw urban power is immediate.
I have been teaching art for the past 20 years throughout Canada, USA, Scotland, Australia and Italy. I host many Plein-air (Outdoor) workshops locally in Vancouver and painting retreats abroad.
I specialize in Oil painting, Egg tempera, Watercolor, Pastel and Drawing. I teach Classical Oil painting techniques as well as Impressionistic and Alla prima techniques.
I offer private and semi private instruction and group workshops to beginner, intermediate and advanced artist.
Intensive tutoring is also available were I provide in depth technical services to professional practicing artist in the field of advanced painting techniques for paint , mediums and ground preparation.
I see myself primarily as a painter and then an artist. As a painter, I am concerned with the rheology of the change in shape of matter, thus the flow and plasticity of paint. The morphology (shapes and structure) of art making is the starting point, and how one surpasses and triumphs this, becomes the artist’s pursuit.
The subject matter is considered and not coincidental. It is secondary to the rheology of paint, and its application and is based on the progressive understanding of paint structure and technology. This creates a variety of visual and tactile experiences for each painting to engage the viewer.
The historical importance of landscape painting is addressed in my work. Making direct reference to many of the Greats. My wish is to have techniques, perviously experimented with, to evolve in such a way as to progress to a more modern condition with the knowledge of those that came before. The painterly effects of light and colour created by the suffocating atmosphere of pollution, found in industrial and urban landscapes, is juxtaposed with the collection of airy, rural and pastoral landscapes. The use of light, colour, and texture remains consistent in my work. Sometimes brooding and foreboding, other times light and luminous. The work focuses on the ability of painting to tell a story through a single image. It has the ability to be cinematic and theatrical and to move one into another realm.