1. Here’s a photo to show the three dimensional aspect of “Eternal Sail,” which I completed earlier this year.

    I plan to try some more of these large non-rectangular paintings, but first I’m looking forward to working on a small commissioned painting of a marshland landscape … I’ll keep you posted!

     
  2. Just finished my latest painting, Ahoy Sleeper. Please Re-blog and comment if you like :)

    Oil on Braced Baltic Birch, 36” diameter, 2014

    I began thinking about painting an aquanaut, or deep-sea diver, when we were in Florida and some friends suggested we meet at Tarpon Springs, an old Greek settlement known for its sponge industry. On a boat tour I became fascinated with an antique diving suit donned for a demonstration of how they collected sponges. I was drawn to the brass surface texture of the helmet, which was even more interesting with the emergence from water. Once home, I did further research on lighting, wet rubberized fabric and brass with photos of myself, first in my studio and later emerging from Lake Ontario wearing a round brass planter on my head!

    The choice of using a circular panel was intentional. In viewing a rectangular piece, there is a left-to-right beginning-to-end, whereas a circle is cornerless, resulting in a type of timelessness and unity. This set the stage for a painting that would come to carry peculiar metaphysical weight.

    Over the years I have been intrigued by Ephesians 5:14, which states “Awake, O Sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” When reading it, I would always have a strange picture in my mind of a diver rising upon a seaweed shore with a bird flying above. Suddenly, this verse in Ephesians and the visual idea for this painting converged. As I conceptually developed this piece I began to see the metamorphosis of the aquanaut emerging from the depths of the ocean into an unknown light, with an illuminated Common House-Martin ascending into the sky. By excluding the face and skin colour, the figure becomes a metaphoric archetype for spiritual transformation, arising from deadness of soul into new life in Christ, which is available to everyone.
     
  3. #WorkInProgress So I think I’ve left you all in suspense for long enough … the main subject in my latest painting is a deep sea diver emerging from the ocean :)

     
  4. #workinprogress after 5 weeks it’s exciting to see this painting coming together :)

     
  5. #WorkInProgress staying up late & waking up early to finish this slightly ubiquitous painting for a show deadline :o

     
  6. #WorkInProgress Lately most of my time has been spent developing the waves, which gradually turn into the splashing foam.

     
  7. Just recently had my painting “Watchman of Bahia Del Mar” double framed. I especially like how the painting sits in the frame, still showing the three dimensional anamorphic sides.

     
  8. Any guesses on what my latest #WorkInProgress will be?

     
  9. Behind the scenes look at my latest circle painting being cut out by my assistant.

     
     
  10. Day 1 with documentary film team from Toronto, shooting footage of me starting a new painting (it will take some getting used to painting with an audience o.O )

     
  11. Work In Progress: Time to bring out my triple zero brushes :)

     
  12. #WorkInProgress: Blending in the palm branch shadows.

     
  13. With many collectors asking for the right of purchase before my triptych painting was even finished, I am happy to say “Time is my Oyster” has sold … Although it is hard letting this one go :)

     
  14. Work In Progress: Started work on a subtropical themed painting, inspired from my trip to Florida. The Osprey, tower and Royal Palm are just blocked in at this point and will be developed in the next few weeks.

     
  15. Finally completed one of my most challenging paintings “Time is my Oyster.”  Reblog if you like!

    Oil on Solid Red Oak, Triptych (three) 9” x 2” Circles

    Passed down from my great-great Uncle Percy, I inherited an heirloom Victorian-style pocket watch, which has become a fascination of mine in recent years. I set it among other objects I have collected such as seashells, rocks, and an old trinket box. From this shelf of curious items the idea came to me of juxtaposing the mechanical timepiece with a natural shoreline landscape. While composing the sketches, I realized I had been subconsciously influenced by Salvador Dali’s paintings of melting clocks, which I had seen the summer before at the Dali Museum in Florida. This was later affirmed by viewers commenting on my first work in progress photos, saying it echoed Dali in High Realism. I felt that a circular format would reflect the roundness of the pocket watch, and I decided to continue the composition onto two other circular panels for my first ever triptych (three paintings making up one) on solid red oak panels, the same surface Michelangelo painted on. I did not realize how challenging it would be to paint around the sides of circles, but in the end it proved rewarding for its anthropomorphic uniqueness. This painting has a somewhat mystical feel, travelling back into history and reaching forward to the future, transporting the viewer to a ‘steam punk’ world. The title is reminiscent of a Shakespearean quote, “the world is your oyster,” but elicits contemporary metaphors through the commodity of time. While working on the painting the fleetingness of time became a point of contemplation, a reminder of how time is the most valuable currency, something we either lose or master. We only have one life on this earth, then it all ends up in the proverbial box!

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