Born Clarkes Head, NL, 1935. Lives in Clifton near Truro with Beth who sometimes translates his work into striking rugs.
Training Nfld Academy of Art, Ontario College of Art, Mount A (BFA, 1965).
Exhibits Varied juried group shows in the early years, including Expo 67. Since 1960s some 20 solo exhibits in Atlantic Canada and Ontario plus dual shows with Robert Annand, Tom Forrestal, Gerald Squires and Joy Laking. Retrospective Dec.2011-Jan.12 at NSCC in Truro.
Represented by Zwickers in Halifax, Red Ochre Gallery in St John's and Ewing Gallery in Corner Brook.
Awards, Activities Had my 15 minutes of fame early (2 first prizes from Nfld Arts & Letters Competition, nothing much since. Led 3 adult 10-day workshops in D&P at Mt A.. Helped develop the Cobequid Arts Council successful Art Cart program. Have done too much magazine illustration (e.g., short stories by Mordecai Richler, Alistair MacLeod, Harold Horwood, George Ryga)and too much book writing (8 non-fiction trade titles and counting, 2 children's stories, 120+ magazine articles).
Collections His 1500+ artworks have mostly been sold or given to private individuals coast to coast (one stolen, which he considers an honour). Corporate collections include Art Bank of Canada (2), Memorial and Mount Allison universities, Hudson Bay Co. (Winnipeg), Continental Can Co. (of Canada (Toronto), Esso Plaza (Calgary).
Artist's Statement “Drawing and colouring came easy to me from age 8. But had no notion of what painting was until a Grade 6 teacher showed us a documentary on Tom Thomson. Lightbulb moment: `So a painting isn't a coloured drawing!' However, no actual painting until Grade 10 at Toronto's Vaughan Road Collegiate, whose excellent art program exposed us to outdoor sketching, still life and great art.
“Ever since, between the demands of full-time work, writing and helping to raise our 7 children, I've painted or drawn.
“Landscapes my first love, preferably outdoors. Work mostly in oils, watercolour and pen-and-ink. Strongest later influences Van Gogh, Chagall, Rembrandt, Winslow Homer (w/c). In the 1970s and 80s I dabbled in pure abstraction--still revert now and then. Only regret—too much writing.”
Current Show A Matter of Light, II