My very first art show was in 1993 where my high school art teacher, Mr. John Waite, arranged a hallway display case at WL Seaton Secondary. The bottom 3 panels were my first acrylic paintings that I ever created and I sold every piece in that show for a whopping $20 each! That same year I entered those paintings and 15 other pieces into the Interior Provincial Exhibition. I received 15 first place red ribbons, 2 second place blue ribbons and 1 third place white ribbon along with 3 rosettes for “Most Points Teen Division”, Most Outstanding Artwork in Show” and “Most Points Overall.” I received $70 in prize winnings but even more exciting was my first big sale of $300 for the “Most Outstanding Artwork” winning piece…a pastel portrait of Chief Dan George.
Chief Dan George – Pastel, 1993. (Age 15)
My acrylic style began to evolve in the year 2000 with a trip to New York. I spent an entire week sketching in Central Park and completed a small acrylic series “Bridges of Central Park.”
In 2006, I registered for an art class with Victoria based artist Nicholas Pearce. Nick is an excellent instructor, grounding his students with the basics from start to finish using only Cad Red Light, Cad Red Dark, Pthalo Blue and White. Below are the two 24″ x 36″ pieces I created from his class.