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I was born in Ashford, Kent, U.K., 1958, and 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.
I worked in animated film and television from 1985 to 2016 with screen credits as an art director and background artist. I provided images 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, The Care Bears, Free Willy, Rupert The Bear, Dog City and Franklin The Turtle, and on theatrical release 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.
In 2014 I began printmaking again, and have had four solo exhibitions at public galleries in Parksville, Victoria, Courtenay and Qualicum British Columbia.
I have often worked part time as an art instructor for courses and workshops. Have taught courses in drawing and painting at the Ontario College of Art (1988-92), now OCADU, and background painting and design at Max the Mutt Animation School (1999-2003) in Toronto. In recent years I've been teaching courses in drawing and rendering and design fundamentals in the Metal Jewelry Design Certificate Program at North Island College in Campbell River BC and various courses in painting at Lupine Studio in Courtenay BC.
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