About the Artist

 

 

bio header 2I started painting in watercolour as a young child and I’ve just never outgrown it.  Something in that mysterious interaction between water and pigment continues to fascinate and inspire me.  The nature of water is such that it can’t be controlled and, as a watercolourist, I must let go and enjoy the ride.  I am rewarded for this by the many spontaneous surprises watercolour offers.

For the past 7 years I have concentrated on cityscapes.  I paint them because I love the energy of cities and am continually fascinated by people.  My goal is to capture the interactions between people and the places they live.  I can often be found wandering the streets and alleys, sketchbook in hand, capturing those fleeting interactions of everyday life.

I enjoy the challenge of drawing and painting the shapes of city life but I judge a work to be successful when it tells a compelling story that draws the viewer in.  For me it’s all about the story.

“The year 2013-2014 saw an explosion of momentum in my art career.  It’s like all my wanderings, explorations and efforts over the past years just came to fruition this year.”

Artistic Affiliations
Canadian Society Of Painters In Watercolour
Alberta Society Of Artists
Federation Of Canadian Artists
Leighton Centre
Calgary Sketch Club

Past Affiliations
Society Of York Region Artists
Winnipeg Sketch Club

Awards & Recognition

August 2017 Principal instructor at CSPWC Symposium in Calgary
April 2017 Awarded Signature Status with the Canadian Society Of Artists
April 2017 Slocan Valley & Granville Street  both accepted into the Leighton Centre’s Juried Members Show
April 2017 In The Pit: The Conversation juried into Water Reflections, national juried show, Owen Sound, ON, Honourable Mention
Feb 2017 Early Morning, Welcome To Calgary accepted into Stampede Art Auction
Feb 2017 Kensington Market, Honourable Mention, FCA Chapter Show
July 2016 Construction Season, Vancouver juried into Painting On The Edge, FCA Signature Show
April 2016 Stampede City – Leighton Centre Juried Members Show
April 2016 Awards juror – Creative Arts Guild Calgary
March 2016 Winter Sun, Inglewood – Calgary Stampede Art Auction
Nov 2015 Critique for Calgary Sketch Club
March 2015 Awarded AFCA signature status with the Federation Of Canadian Artists
Sept 2015 Principle Instructor at CSPWC Symposium in Cornwallis, Nova Scotia
March 2015 4th Street:  A Calgary Moment juried into Calgary Stampede Art Auction
Sept 2014 Construction Season, Calgary juried into Scenes From Western Canada at the Federation Gallery, Vancouver. 
Sept 2014- March 2015 Winter Sun, Calgary accepted into XI International Watercolour Biennial in Mexico at the Alfredo Guati Rojo National Watercolor Museum
Aug – Sept 2014 Solo show Naess Gallery, Edmonton
Feb 2014 Winter Sun, Inglewood juried into  Federation Of Canadian Artists Calgary Chapter Show ‘All About Art’, Second Place
Feb 2014 Seaside Walk juried into Artist’s Choice, Federation Gallery, Vancouver, First Place
Feb 2014 2 paintings accepted into Federation Gallery (Vancouver).  
Nov 2013 Juror for Calgary Sketch Club Elveden Show
 Oct 2013 All 5 paintings accepted into FCA Show as Qualifying (Juror’s Choice)
July 2013 Sunny Morning, Kensington Market accepted into Federation Of Canadian Artists Autumn Salon (Vancouver)
July 2013 Painting accepted into Open Water International Competition
May 2013 Juried into Canadian Society Of Painters In Watercolour
April 2013 Juried into Alberta Society Of Artists, full signature membership
Feb 2013  Leicester Square, Federation Of Canadian Artists Juried Show, Honourable Mention
Feb 2013  4th Street: A Calgary Moment, Federation Gallery (Vancouver), Award Of Excellence
Feb 2013 Street Of Wires, Margaret Shelton Award (Best In Show) Calgary Sketch
Feb 2013  4 paintings acquired by Calgary Urban Projects Society