I was born in Ashford, Kent, U.K., 1958, and studied drawing, painting and printmaking at The Ontario College of Art, spending the fourth and final year in an off-campus program in Florence, Italy. Exhibited regularly in public and commercial galleries since 1981. Group exhibitions include International Waters (1991) with members of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour, the American Watercolour Society, and The Royal Watercolour Society. The show travelled to Toronto, New York and London. My watercolours have also won awards, including the D.L. Stevenson Award for Excellence (2009) at the CSPWC annual Open Waters exhibition, and Best Watercolour (1999) at the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition.
In 2014 I began printmaking again, and have had three solo exhibitions at public galleries in Parksville, Victoria and Courtenay British Columbia. Drawing has always been my favorite way of communicating visually; I like to think of printmaking as an extension of drawing, with more expansive aesthetic possibilities, furthermore, with a little effort a printed drawing can replicate like a virus and spread like a disease.
I have also worked in animated film and television from 1985 to 2016 with screen credits as an art director and background artist. Worked for Nelvana Ltd., Walt Disney Animation Canada, Chuck Gammage Animation, Bear Spots, Animation House and Red Rover on commercials, animated TV series such as Droids, Free Willy, Rupert The Bear, Dog City and Franklin The Turtle, and on movies and direct-to-video productions including Babar: The Movie, Pippi! and Beauty And The Beast; The Enchanted Christmas. Unique projects for which I've painted backgrounds are an IMAX/OMIMAX format animated short, Journey To The Planets, and a National Film Board documentary co-production, The Dark Years. In September 2014 I volunteered for Team Generous with nine other animation industry artists to make a two minute short movie to promote Habitat for Humanity.
As a hedge for the unpredictability of the fine arts and freelancing I have sometimes worked part time as an art instructor. Have taught credit courses in drawing and painting at the Ontario College of Art (1988-92), now OCADU, and in background painting and design at Max the Mutt Animation School (1999-2003) in Toronto. Currently teach a course in drawing and rendering and a course in design fundamentals in the Metal Jewelry Design Certificate Program at North Island College.
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