I have been an artist for most of my life, starting to draw images of views across a lake in Muskoka at the age of five. I always enjoyed drawing, regardless of the subject matter, but found my natural surroundings and wildlife present my favourites to capture in my own fashion. Specializing in art during my school years and leaning more towards the commercial aspects of design and illustration, it was my introduction to the business side of art that moved me through a number of studios, design shops and advertising agencies.
Constantly developing my skills to meet the demands of commercial work, I'm not sure when exactly I became a professional. But I have always felt it is an attitude you develop, not necessarily built on talent in any one area.
I don't think credentials or initials after your name have anything to do with talent. It comes only through practice, perseverance, persistence and, of course, passion.
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It wasn't until I retired that I actually got back to painting on a regular basis, with a chance to experiment and improve my skills through success and failure, but learning with each adventure. The freedom allowed me to persue a number of different directions and interests. I love being outdoors in all kinds of weather and taking in all I can, both in participation and photo journaling my experiences. The images became subjects for my work documenting the various adventures.
After painting casually for a few years I decided that I needed a means of improving my skills by studying the work of a prolific painter who painted in a style that I could not only relate to, but follow their direction and their growth over a period of time.
I believe that we only learn from copying others in the hopes of developing our own style or method of interpretation. I am always part way through the journey toward improving my outlook or my work and truly believe that the journey is the destination.