Visual Art Biography:
I grew up with lots of love and not a lot else. Art was the only thing I excelled at in
school. When I was ten, I got an eye injury and whiled away the weeks in hospital
doing drawings. When I got home, the most amazing gift of art supplies was waiting for
me – sent by one of the other patients who had seen my work. The generosity of one
man changed my life.
For many years, I have lived in the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island in BC. It is
both exceptionally beautiful and inspiring. I am surrounded by wonderful First Nations
and mainstream artists and their creative outpouring.
In the last few years, I have focused mainly on the carvings I do in Cottonwood Bark. I
love the contrast of the rough, unfinished bark, against the beautiful grain of the carved
wood. Each piece has its own flow as family groupings, spirit beings, plants, birds, and
animals appear. Sometimes I discover the “story” of a piece only when I am finished
and see the symbolism it carries.
I have recently been commissioned to do carvings to honour particular people. Working
with their photos and stories, I create a unique work of art. One woman said that “it was
the most beautiful gift she had ever received."
Current Gallery Affiliations
- Arctic Raven Gallery, Friday Harbor, Washington, USA
- Coastal Carvings, Coombs, BC
- Pieces are in private collections around the world.
- Medicine Man carving purchased by anonymous donor (2007) as gift for The Dalai Lama
- Carving in Wood & Cottonwood Bark
- Painting in Oil & Acrylics
- Sculpture in Stone & Clay
- Mixed Media
- Wildlife Art
- First Nations Myth & Symbolism
- Family Relationships
- Christensen, D. (2000) Ahtahkakoop: The Epic Account of a Plains Cree Head Chief, His People, and Their Struggle for Survival 1816-1896. Ahtahkakoop Publishing: Shell Lake, Saskatchewan. Contributed 31 illustrations to this carefully researched history book.
- No formal art education
- Famous Artists Correspondence Courses
- Studied techniques of Old Masters in the studio of Sandor Mezaros
- West Coast Stone Carving Symposia
- Wildlife Art Workshops with:
- Guy Coombs
- John Seery-Lester
- John Banovich
- Terry Isaac
- Ron Parker
- Robert Bateman
- Island Savings Centre Theatre Lobby Gallery, (Nov-Dec 2010).
- “People of the Plains” Exhibit, Western Art Gallery, Calgary Stampede (2010)
- Chemainus Theatre & Gallery, exhibition with IceBear (2009)
- Cowichan International Aboriginal Film & Art Festival, invitational exhibition, Cowichan Centre, Duncan, BC (2008)
- Man, Myth and Magic, music and art, with IceBear, American Indian Arts Council Native Arts Gallery, Dallas, Texas (2007)
- Man, Myth and Magic, music and art, with IceBear, feature presentation at Eagle Feather Gallery, Victoria, BC (2007)
- Ravens and Eagles, music and art, juried group exhibit. Tigh Na Mara, Parksville, BC (2007)
- Whitehorse Correctional Centre carving workshops
- Numerous school workshops over the years.
- Atlin Art and Music Festival, (2007 & 2009): Wood carving workshop.
- Cottonwood Music Festival, (2009): Wood carving workshop. These workshops made possible by Lee Valley Tools who generously donated the carving sets.