Monday, July 29, 2019


Crystal Oil on Canvas 20x20 in
My lovely wife Crystal at an outdoor musical event at our local Little Manitou Art Gallery.

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Summer Fields

Summer Fields 10x12 Oil on Board
Another plein air piece for my Summer series of paintings I'm executing for my next solo show. We've had some wonderful skyscapes around these parts of late.

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Painting in a Kayak

Morning on Manitou  6x8 Oil on Board


I've been fortunate to be able to get out onto the water in my kayak and paint what I'm seeing of late. I have a small 6x8 pochade box that I take along because of its portability and size; not much room in the cockpit of my skin boat.  I'm loving it and look forward to doing more.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Natures Palette

Natures Palette 60 x 48 Oil on Canvas

A new Oil on the easel which is inspired by my walk in nature, always a dependable source of inspiration.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Afternoon Shadows

Afternoon Shadows Oil 20 x 20 in.
Its been awhile since I last posted, no real good excuse. The shadows are getting longer, a sure sign that the days are getting longer and spring is approaching. I encounter this scene regularly on my walks in the countryside around my home and was quite taken with what I saw here the other day and was inspired to paint it. Hope you enjoy it!

Friday, August 25, 2017

Autumn Painting

Big Eddy  30 x 40 in Oil
I dug this painting out of storage and gave it a dusting, its been awhile since I've enjoyed its presence.  It is a 30 x 40 in. Oil on Canvas painting a few years ago.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Otter Lake

Otter Lake, Mb.  Oil on Canvas 30 x 30 in
An Oil painting of a place dear to my heart.  I have driven past this location for as long as I can remember since I was a child and I have also trekked here at different times of the year.  It is precambrian shield country between The Pas and Flin Flon Mb.  Lots of cool lakes with rock outcroppings in the most unlikely places, a real gem.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Northern Lake Oil 60 x 34
Fresh off the easel, this is a large Oil on Canvas of a Northern Manitoba scene, close by where I grew up.  Had a great time with this one.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Late Afternoon Light

Late Afternoon Light Oil on Board 12 x 12 in.
Here's an en plein air piece from about a month ago when the weather was unseasonably warm. There is a small pond that I call Wellington Pond that is a favourite spot of mine to hang out at, lots of interesting things going on there if one spends the time to look and listen.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Approaching rain

Approaching Rain Oil on Board 10 x 12
I was digging around in my box of small paintings this afternoon and came across this en plein air piece I did last summer. The funny thing is that another painter painted the same painting, she must have been sitting in the exact same place I was. Good eye. I just finished this and it started to rain. Love how they bring back memories.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Pond Study

Pond Study Oil on Board 8 x 10
I've done three studies for a large format painting I'm currently working on, 48 x 60 in, this oil, a pastel and a small pencil sketch.  I don't usually go to this extent but it has been helpful, although I am now deviating a bit from the original idea.  Its good to have something to go back to, the original idea and inspiration.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Early March Melt

Early March Melt  Oil on Board 10 x 12 in.
Its been awhile since I've posted on this site. I have been painting but have been neglecting to update my blog site.  Winter has been a mixed bag in these parts. Today it quite cold, very windy with speeds clocking in around 70 km/hr with snow mixed in.  Three days ago when I painted this panel it was 14 above Celcius and sunny! I enjoyed sitting down at the creek painting and listening to the water gurgle and the birds sing.  Very pleasant and a portent of nice weather to come I hope.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Legend of Kate Rice

Legend of Kate Rice Oil 30 x 40 in
Its been awhile since I've posted on the site so I have an addition to share.  I call this piece Legend of Kate Rice.  Its speaks of a famous woman prospector who lived near my hometown of The Pas Manitoba in the early 1900's.  She was responsible for discovering many valuable mines in the north. Kate Rice largely lived on her own in the forest and apparently thrived on the experiences all year long.  I don't think it is something many people could do these days.  She trapped and fished, wrote and drew. They say she was quite a beauty but she chased off all advances by men, sometimes with an axe!  She died alone in a care home in Minnedosa, Mb.