have been interested in art since my youth in Australia, a fact attested
to by many schoolbooks and course notes adorned with thousands of sketches
and caricatures. Though never professionally trained in fine art, I
have had cartoons and illustrations published in magazines and military
base newspapers throughout Canada. I’m interested in painting
in various mediums, specializing in marine and aviation art subject
the years I have had several aviation paintings accepted into public
art displays in venues such as the National Aviation Museum and National
Archives of Canada. I have also been active in the Canadian Aviation
Artists' Association (CAAA) as one of its founding members and currently
I am the public relations officer for the association.
marine and aviation art will always hold a special interest for me I
am working on developing my talent in other subject areas such as landscapes
and portraiture. Since my wife, Bev, and I moved to the Okanagan Valley
we have been captivated by the outstanding attractiveness of this area
that will no doubt provide artistic motivation for many future paintings.
I am now a reserve officer (Lieutenant-Commander) in the Canadian Forces
having served as a member of the Reserve and Regular forces for twenty-nine
years as a radar operator, ship’s officer and public affairs officer.
My experiences with the Canadian Navy have taken me to many seas and
parts of the world including the former Soviet Union, Europe, Central
and South America, throughout North America and the Caribbean while
serving in 14 ships of the Canadian Navy and one of the Italian fleet.
I have also served with Canadian Forces contingents in Rwanda, Bosnia
and Kosovo. Through my service in the Canadian Forces I have also seen
much of Canada, having lived in Vancouver, Victoria, Halifax and Ottawa
and traveled extensively throughout the country. My experiences with
the military have included service in Winnipeg during the Manitoba flood,
St.Jean, Quebec during the Great Ice Storm and in BC during the 1998
and 2003 forest fires in the interior of the province. From all these
experiences I have learned a visual appreciation for the differing land,
sea and skyscapes of our world.