My working career was as a teacher of English. Directing school drama productions, I found particular pleasure in set designing and decoration. In retirement, after a lifelong appreciation for architecture, color and design, and with the encouragement of my wife, Jane Gateson, I began painting with acrylics in 2000. I studied at Forum Art under Nikola Bjelajac 2000-2003; Dan Gregg – 2004, Michelle St. Hilaire – 2015.
I have explored intermittently various subjects and styles from realism to impressionism to abstraction in my home studios in Winnipeg and at Victoria Beach. Painting has become much more than a pastime; it has become a part of who I am, part of the world I live and move in. Art galleries have become must –see destinations in all our travels. Art is a lens through which to see and appreciate the world and it is, for me, a way to communicate my own experience of it.
I am in awe of the beauty and variety of both natural and man-made environments. My painting offers an opportunity to share my enjoyment of design and color and is a vehicle for sharing observations on nature, society, and life itself. The Boreal Forest and Lake Winnipeg provide inspiration both by offering beautiful natural settings as subject matter, and by eliciting emotional responses to be shared with others.
I have shown and sold work at in-home art shows, at Forum Art Student Exhibitions, and at the Wayne Arthur Gallery. My current goal is to further develop and refine my technique in order to express more clearly and share more widely my sense of wonder at the great beauty and complexity of our world and the challenges facing it.