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an artist inspired by landscape

New art works on display at DVAC Fall Show

I have four pieces in the Don Valley Club’s fall show, shown here. The show is at Todmorden Mills, and runs from 16 November to 27 November.

These first two are part of an ongoing series I have been doing experimenting with words and image transfers, and some gentle humor or wit. They work well alone or as a pair. If you only see one hanging on the wall, ask to see the other, which may still be in the back. These are unframed, but are painted on 1.5″ gallery canvas, with the edges painted in gray, which I find hangs quite nicely with no frame.

I love imagining that these birds have the same idle conversations that other neighbors have when we chat on our street!


“Online Chat” 12″ x 12″ Mixed Media and Image Transfer $144


“Online Update” 12″ x 12″ Mixed Media and Image Transfer $144

If you’ve ever been to Pelee Island, you’ll love this view as much as I do. Pelee Island is the southernmost point in Canada, and a beautiful place to visit. There is a very long natural spit that seems to connect to the distant horizon, making lovely shapes. The small piece was the study for the larger piece, shown below.


“Pelee Study” 12′ x 12″ Acrylic on Canvas $144


“Pelee” 20″ x20″ Acrylic on Canvas, comes with a narrow black floating frame, $275

I painted one more version of this image (not in the DVAC show), called Looking South at Pelee.  For this one, I used an oblong format, simplified the composition even further, and changed the color scheme to be even more calming.

It’s hanging outside my office right now, and I love it, I think you would too. (If you are interested in this piece, contact me directly.)

"Looking South at Pelee", 20" x 24", Acrylic on Canvas

“Looking South at Pelee”, 20″ x 24″, Acrylic on Canvas, $350







Don Valley Art Club show at Todmorden Mills

Show details

The fall show and sale for the Don Valley Art Club is coming up soon, and I will have a few pieces in the show. This particular show is set up so that if you buy something, you can take it with you immediately, not have to wait until the end of the show.

Opening: Wednesday November 25, 7:00 to 9:00 pm.  The show is on until December 6. Todmorden Mills is at 67 Pottery Road, where there is free parking and free admission. The gallery is closed Mondays and Tuesdays, open noon to 5:00 pm weekdays, and noon to 4:00 pm weekends.

This show is always popular for the wall of square paintings available at $144 each. These are 12 x 12 inch original pieces.

New pieces in this show

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The cabin we rented in Halliburton last summer was on the water, and we had the most spectacular sunsets, with amazing combinations of almost neon colors. With the fading light filtering through the tall thin trees at the water’s edge, I just had to capture this mood in a painting. I thought the finished piece looked oddly tropical, despite being in the near north, hence the name. It’s part of the Near North series of paintings.

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This piece is another in the Highway Series, where I have abstracted the landscape visible from the highway. The blocks of color are carefully selected and layered to produce a calm mood, and a sense of spaciousness.

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This is also part of the Highway Series, and I think creates a lot of space in a very small canvas. The silo stands like a sentinel watching over the activity, which becomes a competition between the agricultural structure and the wild bushes and trees. The photo has an odd brown cast that does not exist in the original — I’ll have to take a picture with a better camera, instead of the ipad. (Better plan, come and see it for yourself!)

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This is the first of what will be a series that I think will be called Broken Words. It uses a new method of transferring printed images that I have developed, and am getting good results with. The letters have been finished with a high-gloss gel that makes them stand out from the matte finish of the paint, something that does not come through very well in the photo.

There are many fine artists that show with the Don Valley Art Club, and you will not be disappointed if you make the time to stop by. For more details about location, check here.

Upcoming show at NEXT!

I am delighted to have two of my recent pieces going in to the juried NEXT! show at the Arts and Letters Club.

This is an amazing club that looks like Hogwarts on the inside, and has been in existence since 1908. Many famous writers, painters and musicians have been members. The club runs an open submission juried art show, and I am so pleased to be a part of this event, since they select only 45 pieces.

The two pieces I will have in the show are Cooper’s Farm with Sketchbook Page, and Three White Buildings and Triangle, shown below.

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Details about the show and public access dates are on the Arts and Letters Club Web site here.

More in The Highway Series

I almost overlooked adding this little gem, Billboard and Cows, which is currently hanging in my sun-room. It’s also an 18 x 18 piece, and although it is painted using a hard edge technique, you can see there is lots of texture. I guess we need a new term (see more below*.)


Also hanging in my sun-room are the two vertical pieces, called Shapes and Shadows 1 and 2. I think this view gives a more accurate impression of the colors, which came out a bit strong looking in the other photos posted.  These two paintings work well side by side, I think — they were actually painted from the same source material — but they also work well on their own.


*Hard Edge painting is a term that dates from the late 1950’s. You can read more about it at the Guggenheim or the Tate.  Or have a look at some of these paintings from Takao Tanabe.

Updating the site

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Well, it was an amazing summer of painting. I’ve been a real slacker at keeping this web site updated, but was pretty keen to get some of this new work up here, so finally set aside the time to just get it done.

I try to make the photos as true to the colors of the work as possible, but I would have to say that the originals all look better than the photos — it’s just very difficult to capture a painting in a photograph.

I have started two new series of work that I am REALLY excited about.

The Near North Series is a looser, wilder interpretation of the raw landscape of the Canadian Shield country. The same landscape that has inspired a lot of painters over the years. These works are also finished in the studio.

The Highway Series is about the wide open spaces that we can see from the highway — agricultural and industrial lands. It is hard-edged, worked in the studio from my sketches and photos. The image shown at the top was the first of this series, and the first time I have painted in this style. I was having a lot of difficulty settling on the right color for the foreground, and painted several swatches on sketchbook paper. When I finally got the right one, I collaged it in, as a mark of the process of painting.

My obsession with the square format is not quite over, exactly, but I’ve started using some other shapes and sizes.

I hope you enjoy these new pieces.

The Highway Series

This series represents a major new exploration for me in a hard-edged style. The shapes in the landscape are greatly simplified, emphasizing the expanses of land that has been carved out of the wild spaces for agricultural and industrial use.

My obsession with the square format is taking a break for a while (but will pop in for a visit in this series.)

The hard-edge approach is better suited to the studio, where I can tape, and paint, and re-tape and repaint. But these are all based on my own sketches and photographs, including those taken from a moving car. If you saw some lunatic with her camera stuck out of the moon roof on the highway, that might have been me.

My previous landscape work is in these collections:

Canadian Shield Paintings – The Near North

These paintings are inspired by the landscape of the Canadian Shield, the same landscape that inspired the Group of Seven, as well as David Milne, and probably thousands of other artists.  The wilderness is constantly advancing, bringing back solid walls of trees to embrace the clear northern lakes. There is tremendous beauty in these rocks, these marshes filled with lilies, these glades where the sunlight drifts through the leaves making otherworldly colors.

The careful observer is often rewarded with sightings of incredible wildlife, ranging from hummingbirds and loons to otters, beavers, deer and moose. The bears are there too, but don’t usually drop by while I’m painting, which is fine with me.

You can see some of my previous landscape work in these collections as well: