Over the last 40 or so years I have made my way through the world as a visual artist, a museum worker and a folk musician - often all at once, with the percentages of each vocation shifting up and down to suit the times. I treasure the moments I get to witness as a singer and instrumentalist - playing at dances, concerts, festivals, schools, and jam sessions. These images are all drawn from that part of my life. The characters who inhabit these paintings are mostly friends from the Ontario folk music scene.
Places & Things
I have spent much of my life living and working in the small towns and villages of southwestern Ontario in Norfolk, Brant and Oxford Counties. These paintings include my impressions of Port Dover boat parades, shipyards, and net shanties as well as the Norfolk County Fair, and local farming country.
Songs and Stories
Songs and stories have always manifested themselves visually in my imagination. These painting are inspired by (mostly) traditional lyrics or in some cases by favourite local folktales. Some are part of an ongoing series of "Song Birds" suggested by some of the legions of real and symbolic birds that turn up in traditional folksong lyrics. "Buddy" and "Jack The Russian" were created from Port Dover, Ontario rumrunning tales. (There is actually a 3rd "Jack The Russian" panel which doesn't appear here)
I did my first album cover design in 1975 and did about 100 others back in the era of vinyl records and Letraset typography. Eventually graphic design technology got away from me and I laid low in this area for a couple of decades. In the past few years I have clawed my way back into the fray with Photoshop, InDesign and other digital helpers. I don't miss the rubber cement. Here are some of my recent projects and a few examples of "ancient history". Some of the latter are small images taken off the internet, because even I don't have a copy!
Something new for me. They are mostly about 5 X 7". These lino cuts are hand-printed without a press on a variety of Japanese rice papers. Available framed $50. or unframed $20. (plus postage if neccessary)