Peony Violence Blossom in Portland

Glorious Guardino Gallery is hosting the Peony Violence series this month in an artist pairing with talented ceramic artist Anne Goodrich.  

This has been a wonderful process, from the burst of creativity needed to create this body of work, to the meeting of the Alberta Arts community. All of my focused energy was rewarded the night of the February's "Last Thursday" with a big turn out and great support.

If you missed that fun night not to worry. This coming Saturday at 2 pm at Guardino Gallery I, along with my fellow artists, will be giving a talk about this body of work. wish me luck. see you there!

A special thank you to Donna (for bring us all together) Meg (for getting it on the wall), Anne (for being gracious and talented) and Bark & Bless (my first virtual to live artist friend).

This new series is about the convergence between nature’s graceful softness and nature’s violent destruction.

These peonies are about the romance of a bouquet given while the heart bleeds.

A firework exploding as pedals fall.

Traditionally, I am an oil painter. However, I produced this series in colored pencils and gouache, both light materials in order to emphasize the delicate quality of these flowers.

Months Gone By

This is how I have spent the last few years building up layers and exploring the nature of all things deer.

The romance of the chandelier becomes much more about line and delicate translucent layers.

"January" 2012 oil, acrylic gel gloss, paper on canvas 23"x 36 ”

  Little white flowers are just the right finishing touch.

"April" 2012 oil, acrylic gel gloss, paper on canvas 23"x 36 ”

All things covered, in the thicket. "April" 2011 oil, acrylic gel gloss, paper on canvas 23"x 36 ”


Elk Line in the Old Studio

Elk-line and Deer-pattern

Deer and elk are common creatures that penetrate our urbanized world. They are watchful; their gaze demands your attention in hopes that you, the viewer, will then follow them into their natural world. The path is not clear but blocked by layers of filigree and decorative distractions. I have been painting deer for the last four years. This series has evolved to be about the exploration of tension between layers of subject and background, space and pattern, hard and soft. Begging the questions: When does nature become over taken by artifice? When does art become decoration?