Introduction to my blog
I have decided to start a blog to write the story for each of my paintings.
When I am working in the gallery or be at an art show so many people want to know
about a painting and I feel that when you know the story or the reason why I painted it, it will be easier to enjoy.
Many of the paintings were created because of stories told to me by the Elders.
And I really feel honoured that I can paint their stories to share with you.
Other times, I will be out walking and enjoying the beautiful area where I live,
and I spot a beautiful flower the sunlight seems to have Illuminated.
I generally do not have any idea what the flower’s name is, only that
It is so beautiful and I want to paint it and share it with you.
I am a painter and not really a writer, but I hope you will enjoy reading my blog.
A wonderful sculpturer Dan Hodson will be doing an event with me from May 23rd to May 30th.
at Tinhorn Creek winery. It is a must see event his work is outstanding. Showing in the vinyard
with Dan I will have a few freestanding paintings. Inside the winery Dan will have several photographs
on display these are a must see. Dan is a photographer for our Local racetrack in Osoyoos.
I will also have some new paintings with him.
Hope to see many of you there.
Guardians awaits the Dawn
Acrylic on canvas 40” x 20”
As dawn gently starts to appear, the three eagles rise in the morning sky to greet her and appear to hover to protect her as she rises.
I have a special love of eagles; my logo is a stylize eagle and many of my paintings an eagle appears.
Bird of Paradise
Acrylic on canvas 40” x 20”
When I was in Hawaii this flower seemed to command the gardens.
I felt that any moment it would fly away and soar like a bird and disappear in the blue skies.
Acrylic on canvas 24” x 24
This painting was inspired from a story I read about
what happened during Queen Victoria’s reign.
Apparently when a court gentleman desired a lady
that he had become acquainted with, he would send her a
bouquet of calla lilies and at the next court he would await her reply.
Always Together & Soul Mates
Acrylic on canvas 36” x 12”
The other day I was thinking about the wonderful friends and family that I am lucky to have around me. That started me thinking about the Soul, which made me wonder how I would paint the feeling of my contentment. Almost immediately, a beautiful butterfly appeared in my thoughts. She slowly fluttered toward me and sat on my shoulder, and then she stood up on her tippy toes and whispered into my ear “paint me”. Of course, I thought! The butterfly has always been the symbol of the Soul. I will paint her as the symbol of my love and happiness.
A couple of days later I was in our garden enjoying the quiet when I noticed two beautiful butterflies together. As I watched the butterflies gracious flying becomes like a dance being performed, together not quite touching but appearing to be doing a dance of love. I imagine these two being together for ever. Of course, this had to be painted.
Acrylic on canvas 20" x 24"
Some mornings in the summer I like to get up early and watch
the sun rise. Drinking a coffee I was watching the play of light
on a flower and it kept changing the colour of the petals.
I was fascinated and decided this would make a great painting.
Of course it had to be called ‘New Dawn’.
Acrylic on canvas 11” x 14”
Living in the desert is a wonderful experience. You become aware of everything around you. When it rains suddenly the desert bursts forth with colour. The desert becomes a carpet of flowers of all colours.
All my life I have taken flowers for granted. The desert teaches you never to take anything for granted. You learn to look at everything differently. So, when a flower opens I look at the many beautiful colours it has, and I always say ‘thank you’ for allowing me to enjoy this moment with you.
each are mixed media on metal 62” x 14”
These painting is very important to me. During my life I have been aware of how people seem to judge each other. Different skin colour. appearances, education, and many other reasons.
Over the years this seems to have become a worse situation for many people.
Maybe it hasn’t become worse, it could be I am more aware because of our communication systems.
John Lennon said it the best. (Just some of the lines)
Imagine all the people
Living for today.
Living life in peace..
And the world will be as one
These paintings are free standing mixed media on metal on the back I have painted two ladies of different colour and on the front the same two ladies, but showing them from the inside and using Hopi designs. Showing how we are all the same
Acrylic on canvas 36" round
I have a special association with Eagles, I love to see them in flight or
majestically sitting on the top branch of a tree. I have completed
many paintings that include eagles. The idea for this painting was to
honour the birth of the Eagle. In this painting Eagle is still in the egg.
And when the time is ready for her birth, I have arranged her feathers
around her egg ready for her to emerge with glory.