Born 1956 in Raymond, Alberta
Lives & works in Cochrane, Alberta
Since my residency at the Banff Centre in 1984/85 my drawing has focused upon the depiction of the common, everyday object. Although I have a reverence for for traditional drawing and in the formal aspects of my work I am also interested in going beyond the aesthetic to have these images serve to comment upon the culture from which they derive.
For as long as I can remember I have had an interest in photography and a desire to record what I find beautiful around me.
In July of 2009 I was a resident artst at the Gushul studio in Blairmore Alberta. Although my main intent was to work on my large charcoal drawings I began to spend time exploring the area and taking photographs. I became drawn to the abandoned spaces and rundown buildings in the area and some of these photographs were included in my exhibition titled "Paradise Lost" which was held at the Trianon Gallery in Lethbridge Alberta in late 2011 and early 2012.
I have continued to build on this collection of photographs giving them the title the "Exquisite Corpse."
My most recent photographic work has centred around what I've come to term "Photographic Collages." They are not, however the result of a "cut and paste" exercise but are created "in camera" using the imposed rectange of the photographic image as the structural framework of the composition. As with traditonal collage technique where a new, original image is created out of bits of pre-existing objects and images, I seek to make new imagery out of a re-combining of "found" visual elements.
1999 - 2001 University of Calgary, Calgary, AB. Bachelor of Education
1990 - 1992 University of Calgary,
Calgary, AB. Masters of Fine Arts (drawing)
1975 - 1982 University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge AB. Bachelor of Fine Arts (printmaking)
1986 - First Purchase Award, National Drawing Competition, Kelowna Art Gallery, Kelowna B.C.
1984 - Banff Centre Scholarship, Banff AB.
Exhibitions - Selected Solo
2009 "Horizon" Open Space - World to a View Exhibition Space, Calgary AB.
2003 "Recent Work", drawings, Grande Praire College, Grande Praire AB.
1992 "The Allegorical Object" Thesis Exhibition, Nickle Arts Museum, U of C.
Exhibitions - Selected Group
2020 "International Open Call" , photography, "Exposure Photography Festival" at Contemporary Calgary, Jan. 31 - April 26
2019 "Those Who Wander", photographs, McMullen Gallery, Edmonton AB
2018 "The Artists Lens", photographs, Alberta Society of Artists, Artpoint Galleries and Main Branch, Calgary Public Library, Calgary AB
2017 "Northwest, Southwest", photographs, CASA Gallery, Lethbridge AB
2017 "The Artists Lens: Urban Studies" photographs, Alberta Society of Artists, Artpoint Galleries, Calgary AB
2016 "Show Me Something I Don't Know" photographs, University of Alberta, Edmonton AB.
2012 "Paradise Lost", drawings, watercolour paintings and photographs, Trianon Gallery, Lethbridge AB
2009 "Inside-Out Art". Exhibition of Art Educators, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C.
2007 "Nexus, Histories and Communities" Thirtieth Anniversary Exhibition, Kelowna Art Gallery, Kelowna B.C.
1999 "Group Show" Kelowna Art Gallery", Kelowna B.C.
1997 "Thirtieth Anniversary Exhibition", Nickle Arts Museum, Calgary AB.
Kelowna Art Gallery
Alberta Art Foundation
Grant MacEwan College