Figure studies & portraits.
Capitals and Columns
This series was provoked by fantastic scenes of wrecked car mountains spilling into a river which was lined with log booms – old growth forests – half buried in the intertidal mud.
I started working on Coastal & River boats when I was twenty-five and was done with them by my forty-forth birthday. I spent a lot of time in the North Arm of the Fraser and witnessed a lot of changes to the natural environment due to industrialization.
This series began after we completed the stacked car capital for Trans Am Totem in 2015.
It started with a few oil on canvas paintings suggesting a salt water ocean in relation to a turbid rip tide. I wanted change the subject from nature in state of flux to nature altered by humans. So, I traded my stretched canvas supports for car hoods, refrigerators and dryer doors.
I began experimenting with ceramics while teaching drawing and painting at Capilano University. The ceramics instructor, Sam Kwan, was expert in glaze technology and he helped me experiment with a range of different glazes. A green celedon glaze was my favourite.
Around that time the USA had recently invaded Iraq (on the rationale of a lie), hence the name of this series of work.
“Now you ask “What’s this romantic boy
Who laments what’s done and gone?”
There was no romance on a cold winter ocean and the gale sang an awful song”
– Lyric from Fisherman’s Wharf by Stan Rogers
This lyric conjures a laugh about an Art World Chorus I’ve heard chanting “painting is done and gone” … and I confess to singing Sea Shanties and painting pictures of ships.
This is a collection of landscape paintings in a prototypical suburban setting: a parking lot. The mobile ‘homes‘ frame nature. Outside in and inside out.
Most of these paintings are landscapes containing human made objects and architecture.