All of my life, I have either drawn or painted. I began painting
when I was eight years old. In Grade 7, a prize for a poster
contest in Central Ontario was a great inspiration for me.
After graduating from High School, I came to Toronto from Peterborough,
Ontario to attend the Ontario College of Art. I studied there
from 1947 and graduated in 1951.
My two great loves are painting in the freedom of the outdoors,
which I enjoy as well as from the model or figure drawing. Burleigh
Falls near Peterborough, Ontario, where I was born has become
my favourite source of inspiration in Ontario.
Working “en plein aire” is a thrilling and exciting
experience. It is quite intriguing when you catch the moment
of a painting with its beautiful and magnificent scenery surrounding
you. Nature can never be repeated or caught by a camera. Snow,
wind, ice and the searing sun are the elements that transform
nature, as I see it, into vibrant and exciting paintings.
Baffin Island, Newfoundland, the Queen Charlotte Islands, Greenland,
USA and Mexico are the sources of many of my works. I have also
been very fortunate to travel on recent trips to the Arctic,
Antarctic and several areas of the United States of America
as well as across Canada and Greenland. My latest canvasses
depict the majesty and awe of the Arctic and Antarctic, with
their magnificent icebergs and snow-capped mountains.
I belong to the Arts & Letters Club, The Portrait Society
of Canada, The Heliconian Club of Toronto, Canada as well as
being represented by many galleries in Ontario.
Robert Henri stated in his book that one must paint every day
because one does not know when the masterpiece will occur. It
is an uncontrollable force. We always strive to do better, repeat
and create a masterpiece better than the time before.