After concentrating on writing books for more than a decade, I’m back to painting – and loving it.
I took up painting seriously over 20 years ago in Bloor West Village, Toronto, where I used to live – and sold hundreds of my small watercolours to private buyers.
Some of my paintings are now in the City of Toronto’s permanent collection. Several corporations such as the Royal Bank and Versa Services have also bought them. I’ve taken part in One of a Kind, the Toronto City Hall annual art show, the Beaches Arts & Crafts show, and Elora’s Art in the Yard.
In the past, I mostly concentrated on city scenes and floral landscapes. But my latest creative focus is on colourful collages, depicting everything from fish, to fruit, to food trucks.
These paintings are in 3D – that is, I use drywall compound, carpet scraps, cardboard, plastic drinking straws – anything really – to build up the layers on pieces of masonite board. I then paint, with bold acrylic colours.
I’ve never done anything quite like this before – and I’m enjoying it. I’ve had two successful solo shows of this work: at Cambridge Centre of the Arts in summer, 2016, and Back Lane Studios on Roncesvalles in Toronto in September 2017.
I’ll be exhibiting again – location TBA – in late fall, 2018.
Here are some samples of my paintings – both new and old. Click on the image to make it bigger.