ABOUT THE ARTIST
I was always a “dreamer”. As I progressed into those teen-age years, recognizable images and meaning formed in many of my drawings, vestiges of which can still be seen in my work today. They reflected my awakening into an adult world, looking for meaning and understanding of whoI was and who I might become.
After high school, I reluctantly rejected a practical career in architecture and ran away to art schools in Toronto, London and finally, to Montreal. I had found myself. I made my living in commercial, educational, and artistic professions before I discovered the magic of working in theatre. I ran away, again….this time to a theatre school in England, and that experience of living and working in a few different cultures influenced not only my lifestyle but also my work. The circle in my pond expanded.
Returning to Toronto, I painted sets for the Canadian Opera Company, and then fell into the “Glorious Film Business”, to which I am still affiliated. Now, I have come full circle and I am able to devote time to my own work once again.
When I begin a piece, I have no pre-conceived ideas or directions, but work in response to the music I hear.I remember, as a child, that I constantly drew pictures. They were my “doodles” as I called them, and they became the refuge from some of the difficulties of childhood.I was born and grew up in Thunder Bay, and the dramatic Northwestern Ontario landscape also played a significant part in my private world of dreams and images.
Just as in music, the melody unfolds with time, and in film, the individual frames per second connect to make a story, so it is true for “Surrealist” paintings and drawings. Time is required to examine and appreciate what may seem difficult at first before the meaning begins to reveal itself. To view my work also takes time.
I hope you will see your own drama unfold in the things revealed in my drawings.