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.
Photography: Exquisite Corpse
In July of 2009 I was a resident artist 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."
Photography: Found Light
The photographic mediums, whether silver based, digital or other all have unique aesthetic qualities. This relates to the fact that light itself, reflecting off of a subject and "striking" a light sensitive surface actually physically creates an image. It is a uniquely objective and there is no inherent heirachy of subject matter to the process; the image of a famous celebrity is recorded in exactly the same manner as is a block of wood.
This is the starting point for my recent work that I've given the name "Found Light." There is no subject matter per se, rather my process is to seek out interesting visual elements (colour, shape etc.) and through employing the camera's viewfinder visually "construct" new and original imagery. It is an utterly formal approach in that the subjects are only important for the visual elements they provide, For example, the sky is not a background space in which a subject is situated but instead a coloured shape to be employed as a visual element like any other. I've likened this approach to working with "collage." Existing formal elements are arranged into new forms and imagery.
The images in "Found Light" are the result of serendipitous strolls through the streets and alleys of towns and cities of southern Alberta and B.C. However, my intention is not to document a specific subject, time or place, but a pursuit of original imagery drawn from the forms, colours and textures I find and arranged using compositional device of the camera's viewfinder.
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