Sculptor, painter and writer of children’s stories and poems
I have been STONE CARVING since 1985. The physical energy required to carve and
the internal vision to create something from an inanimate object is a real challenge; consequently, each piece has it’s own difficulties. I embrace this challenge! My carvings are representational…form and proportion is paramount to composition. Each carving tells a subliminal story of it’s own. In most cases I write about the pieces I carve…my inspiration and my thoughts while creating the pieces.
I began OIL PAINTING in 2000. It is a medium that I have come to love and now enjoy as much as stone carving. I consider my compositions to be ‘expressive realism and portraiture’ because I try to create a story or a mood so that the person, animal or landscape portrayed becomes ‘real’ and draws the viewer into it and they become involved with the atmosphere. “Moody” is often the operative word for my work.
I have a love of WRITING and over the years have written and illustrated more than a dozen stories suitable for babies and young children that I have only distributed to family. I am currently re-working these stories and preparing them for self-publishing. This is a fun and exciting challenge for me and keeps me inspired.
On the most part I am a self-taught artist; however, a number of years ago I took COURSES at the Art School of Peterborough and thank the late Richard Hayman (Director of ASOP) and Di Collins (Instructor) for giving me the courage and the confidence to paint the human factor of life!
As a MEMBER of KAWARTHA ARTISTS’ GALLERY AND STUDIO I have gained an incredible amount of inspiration and positive reinforcement from other members there and often show my work in the ‘all member’s shows’ or in shows with several other artists that I paint with on a regular basis.
I have EXHIBITED my sculpture and painting at the JUNIPER ISLAND ART FESTIVAL on Stony Lake since 1992. I was also involved in many aspects of JIAF, including Curator for a number of years.
My stone carvings and paintings have also been part of shows in Toronto and Peterborough and pieces have been purchased and included in private collections in the U.S., Canada and England.