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
Society Of Canadian Artists
Federation Of Canadian Artists
Leighton Centre

Awards & Recognition

Feb 2022 All Quiet In Gibson’s Society Of Canadian Artists’ International Open Exhibition
July 2020 Portage & Main At Night accepted into the Society of Canadian Artists 52 Open International Juried Show
April 2020 Arctic Storm – Tuktoyaktuk accepted in the Leighton Centre’s Juried Members Show
Feb 2020 Satellite City – Tuktoyaktuk accepted into The Society Of Canadian Artists on-line exhibition.
May 2019 Received the President’s Award at the AGM of the Canadian Society Of Painters In Water Colour for outstanding contributions and leadership in the Society.
May 2019 All Quiet In Gibson’s Harbour won First Place in the People’s Choice Award in the National Open Show of the Thompson, Nicola, Shushwap Chapter of the FCA
April 2019 Jasper Ave won Third Place in the National Open Show for the Thompson, Nicola, Shushwap Chapter of the FCA
March 2019 All Quiet At Gibson’s Harbour, Quiet Reflection & Jasper Ave accepted into Thompson, Nicola, Shushwap National Open Show, Kamloops
Nov 2018 Cool Runnin’ accepted into the Federation Of Canadian Artists AFCA Medal Exhibition, Federation Gallery, Vancouver.
Oct 2018 Jasper Ave received Heinz Jordan Product Award in Open Water, an international exhibition sponsored by the Canadian Society Of Painters In Watercolour.
July 2018 Commissioned to do painting for the Calgary Stampede Sponsorship Committee.  
May 2018 Jasper Ave, accepted into The Society Of Canadian Artists Members’ Exhibition, Gainsborough Gallery, Calgary – Honourable Mention
May 2018 Early Morning, Welcome To Calgary accepted into International Watercolour Society/Canadian Society Of Painters In Watercolour joint international exhibition, Richmond Hill, ON
Sept 2017 In The Pit: The Conversation juried into Annual International Juried Show at the Federation Gallery in Vancouver, BC
August 2017 Construction Season Vancouver juried into Society Of Canadian Artist’s 49th Internation Open Exhibition, Papermill Gallery, Toronto, Honourable Mention
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