“I try to apply colours like words that shape poems, like notes that shape music.”
Joan Miró

My work is about my relationship with the visual environment. It can be called abstract but is probably best described as referential. It always starts with the pleasure and joy of looking. Every shape in my paintings and drawings, at some point, has been inspired by direct observation. The shape of a street sign, a curtain in a window or the space between the branches of a tree can all kindle an idea. Memory, imagination and intuition also play a role and all are rooted, in some way, in observational experience.

The elegance and purity of shape has long fascinated me. The "articulate mark" of an English watercolour painter could capture the essence of a cathedral or a man-of-war in the distance with economy and conviction, distilled to a brushstroke or two. Plato described the ‘special pleasures’ of geometry, a human response to the mystery and complexity of the natural world. My approach to geometry is idiosyncratic and untutored but no less reverent.

I strive to express not just how I see the world but how I sense, perceive and feel it. Looking is inseparable from an almost tactile response. Many things influence me. A walk through a wooded valley. The unavoidable daily barrage of pop culture. The noble continuum of art history. Modernists like the Cubists, Suprematists and Constructivists, though long gone, continue to move and challenge me. The beautiful ‘picture-making’ of the early Italian Renaissance always nourishes me. I respond to all of these stimuli with a formalist approach based primarily on shape and colour.

Carnegie Gallery Christmas Market
I will have three small gouache paintings on display. The event runs from November 13 – December 31 and will feature work from over 100 artist members and vendors. Unique fine art, craft and seasonal ornaments. Free admission. Extended hours: Mon-Sat 10-5pm, Sun 12-4pm. Carngie Gallery is at 10 King Street West, Dundas, Ontario (905) 627-4265

11th Annual Holiday Salon at Yumart Gallery
I'll be exhibiting three small gouache paintings in the Salon from December 2-23. Yumart Gallery is at 401 Richmond St. W., Suite B20 in Toronto, Ontario.  Wed-Sat from 12-6pm (647) 447-9274

AGB Shop at the Art Gallery of Burlington
Nine of my acrylic paintings are available for sale or rental at the AGB shop. Art Gallery of Burlington is at 1333 Lakeshore Road, Burlington, Ontario. (905) 632-7796

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