My definition of a biography is:  “you’re a result of the people whom you were inspired or mentored by”. I have met many great folks who have helped and inspired me to paint pictures. 

Ever since I could hold a crayon, I loved to draw and paint pictures. Mostly it was the encouragement of my Dad who was a very talented artist having studied at OCA in the late1930s with Franklin Carmichael.  

At age 13, I was very fortunate to have a great art teacher named Ken Dudley who gave me my first exposure of Tom Thompson, whom I channel in all my works. 

As a canoe guide for Camp Tanamakoon in Algonquin Park and Voyageur Wilderness Program in Quetico Park* in the mid 1970s, I was stricken with Tom Thompson fever and began to paint plein air (fancy French way to say painting outdoors). I found I could sit for hours and sketch the natural scenes that abound this wonderful country. Sometimes these scenes are not plein air, but emanate from my imagination and I call these “Plein Tete” Paintings 

One visit to the Louvre and I was hooked on impressionism. It is this artistic milieu that has been my main artistic style for 30 years. 

In 1981, I met two great plein air painters: Bill Mason, whom I admired as a canoeing guru and a wilderness artist and Arts and Letters artist Langley Donges.  Langley took me out and showed me the plein air ropes right up to the year he passed at age 91. Meeting Doris McCarthy a few years ago at her 96th birthday inspired me to set up a proper studio at my cottage on Sugar Lake in Orrville where I reignited my love of painting. 

I recently joined Artists Around the Sound and the Seguin Arts Group and have greatly enjoyed the encouragement and inspiration that these Muskoka and Parry Sound  artists have so graciously offered.  I am honoured to hang a few paintings in the various shows that both groups offer every year.