The Story So Far
My personal story regarding my involvement in art, and my love for it, as a whole, has been an on-again, off-again one. From an early age I was always very interested in drawing, sketching, and sculpting. My grandfather over in Ireland was a very skilled baker, and then showed his creative talent in another venue later on in life, when he acquired my father’s art supplies, after my father had left to come to Canada. My grandfather had a skill for oil painting, which was evident in the few pieces that he did complete. My father had earned an art scholarship in England, so I can trace my art association as far back as the two generations before me.
My love for art has been ever constant, with creating, collecting and viewing works whenever given the opportunity. I have a strong comic book collecting background from an early age that continues to this day, so a lot of my influences do come from the artists that help to create various titles from over the years. John Buscema, Alfredo Alcala, Neal Adams, Frank Frazetta, and Berni Wrightson to name a few, were my favorites within this art genre. I have also been drawn to different time periods of classic art, such as the Pre-Raphaelite, Art Nouveau, and Art Deco movements. Rubens, Michelangelo, NC Wyeth, and John Singer Sargent, which are just the tip of the iceberg in terms of all the painters that I admire and love. In the area of sculpture, Chiparus, and Moreau, again, are just two of the many standouts for me in this field.
I took commercial art and life drawing throughout high school and studied for a year and a half at George Brown in Toronto, enrolled in their graphic design course in the early to mid 1980’s. My most favored subject during that time was life drawing. After that, this is where the on-again, off-again productivity concerning my art comes into play. For about 5 years, I did very few pieces, but in 1989 started up again and produced the Timber Wolves print, that is for sale right now, with a small amount of copies still available. I followed this print up with the Saw Whet owl piece (1990), again, for sale now with a small amount of copies still remaining. In and around that time, I did do the odd commission and one-shot originals as well that were all eventually sold in and around this time period. An off-again time did happen again after this, where the next productive time for me did not start up until 2002 when I did take off a year to be Mr. Mom and to continue my art studies again. This was a productive time with commissions completed and extra one-shot paintings being almost all, but sold off, but alas, my completion of pieces went down to a trickle, when I realized that I could not pay all of the bills by just doing art alone, and had to return to the regular work force. Which brings me to about four years ago, when my daughter convinced me to re-visit my art in the form of digital images which, we as a family, started to create by means of a computer software program that was available, of all places, on our Nintendo Wii U game system. After so many pieces completed, the art bug bite me again, but this time, in a big way. Acrylic pieces followed shortly after, with a multitude of sketches and preliminaries for many future pieces to come. I became a member of the Kingston Arts Council, competed in their annual Art Salon, and started my own small art company. I have participated in several art shows over the last couple of years and will be continuing to do so in the future. The website that you are viewing now is one of the last tools that I have put into play to help present/distribute my many art pieces that are yet to come. Social media, such as Facebook and Instagram have been a great help in helping to promote and to offer exposure.