Photo: Kevin MacDonald
When the image in my art emerges, it corresponds not only to its literal
context, but must also suggest something beyond that mere representation,
something eternal –in T. S. Eliot’s words, a “moment in and out of time.” The work is beautiful, but at the same time it is the gateway of something else, it points to a region as profound and remote as the viewer’s powers of reception will permit. It is not a symbol of any one thing, but of an eternal region, of an eternal space.
As a child I grew up with my grandfather, Karl May, who was a parallel Canadian contemporary artist. Visiting him during summer and winter holidays, I had the opportunity to witness his gestural drawing techniques, colour mixing, working in the hinterglas technique and assisting in the frame making process for his works. His brilliance inspired me to pursue art in various forms.
In 1982, I began my studies at the Ontario College of Art, culminating with a year's study in New York under Venice Bienelle participant Tom Dean. Since then, I have worked on formalizing a personal style and expression. A passion for the pursuit of hinterglas painting ensued.
In 1995 I designed the Karl May Exhibit at the West Vancouver Library.
In 2001 I painted the mural in the chapel at Covenant House Vancouver and was featured in the North Shore News.
In 2006 I became the trustee and curator of the Karl May
In 2013 I had my first solo exhibit at Place des Arts in Coquitlam BC.
In 2014, my piece, the Red Gash is on display in the 2014 Harmony Arts festival.