I was blessed to have been born and raised in one of the most scenic regions on Canada’s east coast. My original hometown was in the small outport town of Pilley’s Island, Green bay, Newfoundland. At the age of nineteen I moved to central Canada in search of employment . I have worked in the petrochemical industry in Sarnia, Ontario since 1977.

My interest in painting began as a child when I observed an uncle creating seascapes in oils. I started experimenting in pastels at age 11 and I took perspective drawing classes in high school for three years. I had visions of being a marine architect. But, I never did pursue art as a career.

I started to paint with acrylics in 1980. I painted in a realism style from the beginning. Most of my subjects were related to the east coast or northern wildlife. I had no problem selling my paintings and most were commissions. My paintings were sold as fast as I painted them and I was never able to have a large body of my work to show in a public exhibit. With encouragement from family and friends, in 1997, I began to show more interest in exhibition .Below is a brief history of how my work was revealed to a much greater public exposure.

1997 - I entered a painting called “Bridging the Gap” into a local contest. It won an award and a limited edition print was created and sold.

1998- I did a commission painting for an heritage society. This painting “Seasons of Life” was also reproduced and sold as a fundraiser

2002- Newfoundlandart.com began to promote my paintings and prints.

2004- June-Sept -First solo show at Lambton county’s library and gallery in Petrolia, Ontario. 18 paintings were shown June- Sept.

2005- Jan - January’s edition of Downhomer magazine had an image of my painting ‘The Cabin’ on their guest gallery page. Downhomer.com is the largest magazine on the Canadian east coast with subscribers internationally. They also represent my work at their gallery in St Johns, Newfoundland.

2005- Aug- Sept - Exhibition at the Petrolia Victorian Playhouse gallery . This Playhouse as a great reputation for it’s live theater. Visitors come from Canada and the USA to see the summer shows. Eight of my latest paintings were on display.

2005- Sept - Art.com started to promote my original acrylics and reproduction prints of most of my landscape and marine paintings

2006-March-  two paintings accepted into a juried Paint Ontario show in Grand Bend , Ontario.

I am an active member at two internet painting forums. These painting forums have been my greatest source of encouragement and learning . Visual artists from all over the world discuss painting issues, technique and critique each others work. Each painting project is a whole new learning experience. I am not sure where this journey in art will take me, but I am enjoying the ride.

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