The pursuit of the image
led me to focus on painting and drawing, and after high school,
I found myself studying at The New School of Art
a UNESCO project in downtown Toronto. Taught by working art professionals,
I was introduced to art philosophy, art history, drawing, painting,
anatomy, colour and design. In the following years, I took workshops
and classes by various wildlife and nature painters, most notably
But for the most part,
I learned far more about life and art from the field.
In 1989 I moved from
downtown Toronto to Waldemar, Ontario, a sleepy little hamlet
on the banks of the Grand River, about 50 miles/80 kms northwest
of the city. This had far more impact on me than any art school
ever could. Rural life offered me landscape, wildlife, waterfowl
and horses, as well as cows, crows and clear, starry nights.
I continued to develop
my painting, entering art shows, exhibiting and selling my work
in galleries, and always learning more from fellow artists and
nature itself. My work was met with some success in several venues,
and in 1997, I was honoured as Ducks Unlimited Canadas
Artist of the Year.
In 1988 I entered my
first miniature art show at the Toronto International Miniature
Art Exhibition presented by The Del Bello Gallery, and I was
hooked. Miniature paintings were a perfect vehicle to work out
ideas before painting larger scale works, as well as being little
gems on their own. Small enough to hold in your hand, miniatures
offer an intimate world of possibilities.
I now find myself in
northern Maryland beautiful country with a thriving horse
culture. I believe there are close to 50 horses within a 3 mile
radius of where I live! Besides the horses and hounds, the steeplechases,
polo matches and the Preakness at Pimlico, Ive been able
to visit the wild ponies of Assateague Island, a magical place
that I could only read about as a child.
In addition to working
on my miniatures, Ive taken up plein air painting as well
as continuing to paint larger size works in both oils and acrylics.
I belong to a number of art associations, most notably my recent
acceptance in the Society of Animal Artists, as well as being
a Signature Member of the Miniature Artists of America.
And still... I paint