Artist and home:
I grew up on a small town in Cape Breton in the 50s and 60s in a large family of 12. At an early age I learned that if I needed something I could often make it or reclaim it. I am a retired carpenter, salesman and barber.
Background & Occupation:
The things that inspire and influence me are nature and humor. The sea coast is the jewel for me - the color, the texture of the sand, land and water and the wildlife, fish, whales and water are no stranger to me. They are a big part of my life. I am a great lover of the outdoors and trout fishing where I find that the color of a brook trout is so much more lovely if it is set free. Color is my world, shape and smoothness are my best friends and paint is my partner. I am sure in saying that I have been creative for over 70 years. Every once in a while I see an older piece that I have done and it is rather strange when I see something from the 60s.
My wife also inspires me; actually more pushes!
Artist Inspiration & Influence:
My art once focused mainly in paintings using transparent watercolors. Over the years as I became more confident in my work I turned to a variety of art forms and for the past 20 years I have focused on folk art. I carve a lot of fish and a wide number of things; about 20 a year. I build various pieces of furniture and save pieces built by others and rebuild and paint them. When I build or rebuild furniture my hope is that the piece will be around for a long time.
Art Methods & Techniques:
In the 70s I sold a number of watercolors to Denny Doherty of the Mommas and the Papas.
I currently do 35 to 50 pieces a year and I do one show and sale a year, which is the Nova Scotia Folk Art Festival in Lunenburg. The sales and positive comments on my work that I receive are great recognition and it brings me a feeling of satisfaction to know my work is on display in a variety of homes spread across Canada and into the US and even overseas. I hope folks continue to enjoy my work.
Phone: 1 (902) 765-1031
New work can be viewed on his Facebook Page.