Sunday, December 18, 2011

Osprey Island

Osprey Island, oil/panel, 20" x 60", (click to enlarge)
I am continuing to refine my approach to painting landscapes with water.  I've been observing lakes and rivers a lot this year;  watching how the water reflects light and shimmers.  I've found that water doesn't remain still - so it's hard to treat it photographically, frozen in time.  I've been trying out ways to present water that echos my own experience of watching it.  This painting is part of that ongoing series of works that attempts to represent in paint what I experience in nature.

Water is mystical.  There is something about it that suggests much more than we see.

Mohawk, 24"x48", oil/panel

Tedona, oil/panel, 24" x 48"

Friday, December 9, 2011


Charutta, 2011, oil/panel, (click to enlarge)

This is the final painting for my Bau-Xi Galleries Vancouver show that opens on March 3rd 2012.  The blue in this sky was really hard to mix, but ultimately I found the right combination of hues and got it so that the blue was late afternoon.  That allowed me to set up the tree and hazy background so that the afternoon light raked the tree and brought out the shape and three - D forms.

Just got a call from Concordia U Alumni Magazine.  Looks like they will do a little feature about my recent show in Tennessee at Tanner Hill Gallery.

Friday, December 2, 2011


Sirritoo, 30"x60", oil/panel, (click to enlarge)

Aiello, 40"x46", oi/panel
These are recent pieces that I've just completed at the beginning of December.  I continue to explore rich colour and a play of contrasts.  The light of day and the way it interacts with the landscape remains a subject in my work and I experiment with some very interesting colour mixes to get that sense.  I feel I have got a firm grip on my layering techniques, these paintings are solid.  Both works are headed to Bau-Xi Galleries in Vancouver for a show that opens on March 3rd.  There will be a preview article in Galleries West Magazine that will highlight the show.  Janet Nichol called to interview me last week.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

New 2011 Catalog

A new 2011 catalog is now available for preview and sale at  You can flip through the pages online at this link: (opens in a new tab).

The 20 page booklet shows a selection of paintings completed this year.  Many of the illustrated works will be shown at Bau-Xi Galleries in Vancouver during my March 2012 exhibition.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Summer Gone

Oak Lake: November, 30"x60", oil/panel, (click to enlarge)

Grassy Narrows, 36"x48", oil/panel
It's feeling a lot like winter is coming here in Ontario.  The painting Grassy Narrows was begun in the summer when it was hot hazy and humid.  Many layers later the painting is done and the image harkens back to a beautiful summer gone by.

The top and bottom paintings are more in tune with the season.  The lakes are quiet now with the cottagers having packed it in for another season.  I like the stillness and calm, with only the distant cawing of crows to break the silence.
Robeson Lake, oil/canvas, 16"x20"

Friday, October 28, 2011

In Turkey

Walking at sunrise in the olive trees, Izmir Province.

View from my apartment window in Sultanahmet, Istanbul.

New Mosque, Istanbul.

I've been visiting Turkey this October.  Staying in an apartment in Sultanahmet Istanbul, visiting amazing places, seeing wonderful things, getting new ideas for my work.

Now visiting Izmir Province and Anatolyia.

Can't wait to try out some ideas in my studio when I return.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Sunset, 48"x60", 2011, oil/panel, (click to enlarge)
Ever since my trip to New York during the summer I've been looking at marches and wetlands.  The drive from Toronto to NYC is through central NY State where I grew up.  The Erie Canal and the Finger Lakes were part of my childhood explorations.  Many bicycle hikes were made in those areas. These left an impact because now when I travel in those areas I seem to find inspiration where ever I look.

Jarrat Red, 36"x48", oil/panel

Wednesday, October 5, 2011


Island, 40"x40", oil/panel (click to enlarge)
This lonely crescent shaped island is located near to me.  I like the way, on calm mornings, it seems to mysteriously emerge from the mist.  The early sun reflects lazily on the calm surface of the lake.  I imagine exploring the small landmass.  What's under the trees, hiding there, looking out at me?

Friday, September 30, 2011

Rainbow Days

September Rainbow -  Over Marchessault Studio
Evening showers passed over my studio and left me with a beautiful rainbow.  It lasted for about 10 minutes and changed slowly from bright at one end to the other.

I continue to work.  The two paintings below have been completed.  I am still very interested in working with both color and the sense of light in a painting.

Garshen Beedi, 38"x30", oil/panel (click to enlarge)

Aerces, 22"x18", oil/panel

Friday, September 23, 2011

Hidden Forces: Dust

Hidden Forces: Dust, 48"x48", oil/panel (click to enlarge)
Water and dusty winds have been elements in two new paintings I've just completed.  Technically both paintings have been demanding of time and patience.  They are composed of many layers, each having to dry before the next can go on.  This means the paintings are hanging around in the studio in strange states for weeks at a time.

By "strange states" I mean that the under layers are often strong colours that by themselves really look awful in the painting.  I know that the next layer will combine with the underlayer to create the impression I want.  But I have trust my knowledge and experience to keep me from tossing them out while they are in intermediate stages.

Georgina, 40x40 oil/panel

Monday, September 5, 2011

Pinon Creek

Pinon Creek, 30"x60", oil/panel, (click to enlarge)
This is a memory painting.  Based on a stream I walked along in NM a few years back.  The sun was low and coming through a break in the mesa.  It gently illuminated the sole pinon pine I could see along the stream bank.

Lac Kama, 36"x48", oil/panel
Another memory piece.  Summers in the Eastern Townships of Quebec.

Ombra Monti, 16"x16", oil/panel
Memory of the way light rakes over the top of a cluster of trees.

Monday, August 22, 2011


Cayuga, 30"x60", oil/panel, (click to enlarge)

River Island, 30"x40", oil/panel
Summer travels to New York City took me via the Finger Lakes and then the Hudson River.  I enjoy visiting New York State, especially because I lived there for seven or eight years when I was growing up.  These two paintings are responses to things I saw during my trip.  I've been working on including water elements in my recent work.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Still Lake

I'm preparing for an exhibition at Bau-Xi Galleries in Vancouver for early March 2012.  This summer I have been expanding my subject range.  The influence of water interests me.  I have been looking at it in many landscape situations, trying to figure out how I can include this mysterious substance in my work.  Below are some new pieces that show some of the ways I'm playing with it right now.  I think all these paintings will go to Vancouver for the show.

Still Lake, 48x48", oil, click to enlarge

Oliphant, 12"x36", oi/panel

Blue Lake, 40"x40", oil/panel

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Mclarry Show Painting in Progress

I'm preparing for a show at McLarry Fine Art in Santa Fe that begins Sept. 9th.  In addition to my treed landscapes I will be presenting some large water landscapes. These will include rivers and estuaries.  The images below show the under painting of the first river landscape piece for the exhibition.

The under painting is the first layer of an oil painting and is based on a sketch/drawing that lays out the composition and tones.  Under painting is fairly monochromatic but is essential to the subsequent layers that introduce color and some details. It must dry before the next layers are added. The painting is finished with several layers of glazing.

Click any image to enlarge it.

The under painting completed, next layers added after it has dried (about 1 week).  Below is the finished work.

Below: Another painting with some water in it.  For the McLarry Fine Art exhibition.  "Bottom Land and Stream" 20x60in.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011


Dorval, oil/panel, 16" x 24" (click to enlarge)
 We are into the July heat now.  My studio is cool in the morning, but by afternoon, it gets pretty warm.  So I paint in the mornings.

I'm getting close to completing all the paintings for my upcoming show at McLarry Fine Art in Santa Fe, NM. The show starts on Sept. 9th and I need to have everything shipped out by August 1st.

These two new paintings will be part of my show in New Mexico.  I'm continuing to experiment with glazing thin sheets of transparent colour over the under-painting.  The results are what I have been hoping for.

In the Gap, oil/panel, 40" x 30"

Sunday, June 19, 2011

June Efforts

Tumble, 48"x36", oil/canvas(click to enlarge)

The Glimpse, 36"x48", oil/panel
Salem, 18"x30", 2011
Avenmore, 24"x24", oil/panel
Strictly speaking, these are not totally June efforts.  The pieces have been completed in June, but they were begun a while ago.  Some have been worked on for over a year, on and off.  But this month I completed them.

Saturday, June 11, 2011


Bau-Xi Gallery sold this painting to LA Designs who are doing the marketing for a swank new condo development at the corner of Avenue Road and Lonsdale in Toronto. (The city is in the midst of condo insanity with more new condos being built here than in any other place in North America.)

I also sold LA Designs limited rights to the image for 3 years.  I was impressed with what they did with it, kind of an homage to Christo.  They wrapped the whole condo presentation centre with the image and close-ups.  The actual painting is in the lobby of the sales office and will eventually hang in the lobby of the condo building.  These will be multi-million dollar condos, too rich for me to live in, but my painting can.

Avendale Presentation Centre, Toronto (click any image to enlarge)