Annual International Representational Show 2016

Posted on October 23, 2016 in Art, Events, Paintings

My painting “Depression Glass” is hanging in the Federation of Canadian ArtistsAnnual International Representational Show 2016. If you can’t make it to the Federation Gallery on Granville Island, you can see the artwork online, or purchase a copy of the A.I.R.S. 2016 print catalogue and have it shipped to your home. Some fantastic pieces from around the world!

Out of Sight at the Nanaimo Art Gallery

Posted on October 6, 2016 in Art, Inspiration, Photography

I’ve just returned from the Nanaimo Art Gallery’s current show, Out of Sight, a Vancouver Art Gallery touring exhibition of the works of Eadweard Muybridge and Harold Edgerton. Both photographers were fascinated by our subjective perception of motion, choosing to freeze time in order to show what the eye cannot see. For the Victorian Muybridge, this involved serial stop-action photos, precursors of the flip cards, or, more importantly for me, of the Looney Tunes animated cartoons of my childhood. Ironically, the work of the artist, Muybridge, focusing as it does on the mechanics of motion, seems more scientific than the work of the scientist, Edgerton, focusing on one frozen millionths of a second in time, to create images of unimagined beauty.

Where both these photographers have captured rapid motion, be it galloping horse or flying bullet, I have occasionally tried to document another type of motion in another two dimensional medium, watercolour. The resulting triptychs— a horse chestnut unfolding its spiky seedcase, or a brilliant bouquet of tulips twisting and wilting—create images of the slow passage of time.

Sooke Fine Arts Show July 22nd- August 1st

Posted on July 22, 2016 in Art, Events, News, Paintings

The Sooke Fine Arts Show begins today! I have three paintings hanging in the 30th edition of this renowned Vancouver Island exhibition, the island’s longest-running juried fine art show. All three pieces happen to be related to eating and drinking – “After the Party”, “Depression Glass”, and “Thanksgiving Dinner”- enjoying meals with loved ones, subject matter near and dear to my heart!

I also have my first sculptural piece, a small bronze bear, as well as some smaller originals and several greeting cards for sale in the gift shop.

The exhibit features 375 works of original west coast art set in the 17 000-square-foot gallery within the SEAPARC Leisure Complex, and also features talks, artist demos and musical performances. The show opens at 10:00 daily, and is well worth a visit if you are in the area!

FCA’s 2016 Postcard Online Exhibition

Posted on June 17, 2016 in Art, Events, News, Paintings

I have a very small painting “Crows” that measures 4″ W x 6″ H and is currently featured as part of the Federation of Canadian Artists 2016 Postcard Online Exhibition. You can view the exhibit by following this link!

Nanaimo Fine Art Show this weekend

Posted on June 4, 2016 in Art, Events, News, Paintings

Two of my paintings, “Patio Chairs, Greece” and “Nanaimo Overpass” are hanging in the Federation of Canadian Artists: Nanaimo Chapter‘s ‘Nanaimo Fine Arts Show‘ at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre this weekend.

The show runs Saturday June 4th from 9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m., and Sunday June 5th from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. If you need a little break from the sun, stop in for a look!


Posted on April 9, 2016 in Paintings

Just back from Vancouver Island University‘s Deep Bay Marine Field Station, a beautiful setting for an architecturally beautiful building. I wanted to see the assembled and installed Grey Whale skeleton, as I sponsored one of its lumbar vertebra…seemed a fitting project for an orthopaedic surgeon to support. Suspended from the ceiling in graceful curves, it reminded me of the elegance of design in the skeleton of any vertebrate, sound engineering with artistic execution. Bones are beautiful.

‘Eat Your Veggies’ show: opening reception April 7th at Studio 126

Posted on April 7, 2016 in Art, Events, News, Paintings, Photography

My painting ‘Red Onions’ is in the group exhibit “Eat Your Veggies” that runs April 7- May 22nd at Studio 126 in Vancouver’s Chinatown.

My daughter-in-law Samantha Gutmanis of My Kitchen Love will also be featured in the show- artist Carina-Marie Nilsson has interpreted one of Sam’s recipes as a painting. Family showing!

Opening reception is tomorrow night, Thursday April 7th, from 7:00-10:00 p.m., with food by Julie Marr of Kitchen Culinaire. This was such a fun event last year – a terrific turnout in a great space.

“Vegetables spark discussion, whether it’s a fight to get your child to eat her greens or a comment on the beauty or origin of the roots and leaves we eat.

This collection of artwork is comprised of a variety of mediums, including photography, textiles, installations, poetry, watercolour, acrylic, gouache and mixed media. The artists interpreted the theme in their own way, taking themes from childhood memories, politics, seasons, history and the plain & simple beauty of the vegetable.”


Posted on March 27, 2016 in Paintings

The lunar cycle has determined that Easter is early this year. Hoping that heralded an early spring, I headed out with my camera to Buttertubs Marsh, eager to document seasonal changes. This marsh, named, apparently, for its role as a place where farmers could stop and cool their butter enroute to market, is now a haven for birds and hikers. And the green was everywhere: in the Hawthorn bushes, bulrushes and iris blades thrusting their way through last season’s bent pale stalks. The reflections and refractions of blue sky shouted spring, from the smallest puddle to the large body of water where ducks and geese laid down little wake lines as they floated from one pale grassy clump to sail into another. Even more delightful were the flock of Stellar Jays flitting from tree to tree.the Pine Siskins dipping and bobbing, and the Juncos calling as they flew through the branches. Yup, spring is here! We will pack up our leg of lamb and head over to Vancouver to celebrate with family tomorrow.

‘Success! 2016’ Opening Reception & Awards Ceremony Tonight

Posted on March 17, 2016 in Art, Events, News, Paintings

Thank you to the Federation of Canadian Artists whose Board of Governors recently awarded me Signature Status during the annual jurying process intended to recognize a certain level of excellence achieved by individual artists. I am proud to have three of my paintings hanging in the show ‘Success! 2016’ at the Federation Gallery on Granville Island. Wish i could be at the opening reception & award ceremony this evening in person!

The show is on until March 27th. If you can’t make it in person, you can view the show online.

Fungus among us

Posted on February 15, 2016 in Paintings

Out in the fog hunting for photos this morning reminded me of a recent post-rain walk in North Vancouver with my twin granddaughters. One loves to plan and run our route; the other to touch the moss, and listen to the water rushing in the creek. Both stopped short when we passed this shock of colour. It drew them like a Christmas ornament and we had to quickly overrule their inclination to reach out and touch. As a painter, I shared their attraction to this hit of colour hidden amongst the greys and greens.