Artist's Statement

The focus of my life as an artist is to produce significant work in this time and project them three to five hundred years into the future. To achieve this I combine technical skill with inspiration. I have a keen awareness of the history of western figurative art and the reality of social realism. With influences from Lascaux through Caravaggio to Dorothea Lange, my subjects are grounded in humanity and nature.

The art I saw growing up were historical examples from western art history - often in black and white. These were the standards that I saw for making art and I accepted that. Naivety is both charming and brutal.

I love making art; its challenges and discoveries bring meaning into my life and connect me with others and myself; I am thankful for the opportunity to work: growing and nurturing my art.

My studio is in the West End of Vancouver, Canada; surrounded by ocean on three sides and with the forest at arms reach. There are people all around me; there is noise as well as quiet, private spaces too.

I work full-time and make art full-time: eight days a week. That's the value I place on art and my life as an artist. Talent is a gift, but it's also 99% hard work.

For over thirty years I have maintained studios in North America and Europe; exhibited my original work consistently; and taught art and anatomy. 

I am versatile and innovative in drawing, painting and sculpture.

As a figurative artist I balance a studio and exhibition career with my massage therapy practice and teaching. 

I work steadily towards achieving excellence in life and art.