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Magic, the super-natural and giv­ing over of one­self to the alchemy of it all is some­times the only path an artist can walk. Here are two freaky pieces I’d con­sider my best work ever that came out of a healthy dose of Stephen King, thun­der and lightening.

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Any time that I spend a lengthy time work­ing on tight, clas­sic work…it’s too much for me. My cre­ative mus­cles atro­phy; my brain keeps me up all night and I feel like I’m trudg­ing along, ther­mos and lunch­pail, to my shift at the fac­tory studio.

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Choices are one and the same. Through the process of cre­ation, we destroy. Through destruc­tion, we cre­ate. Through imagery of Haida Gwaii, con­tem­plate your choices as an artist.

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There are ups and downs in every artist’s stu­dio. This week has had all of that. Here are my epic fails and tri­umphant wins.

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The very inter­est­ing thing is that no mat­ter where you are in rela­tion­ship to the paint­ing, it changes accord­ing to the reflec­tion of the light source.

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There is a big dif­fer­ence in work­ing on site, with all of the sen­sory input of the moment. Sound, light, colour, smells…they all ADD to the moment of rap­ture when cre­at­ing the work, and for me as an artist, there is noth­ing quite like that pure energy of cre­at­ing the “feel­ing” of what you have in that one moment and place.

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A Study in Contrasts

On May 23, 2012 By

Noth­ing quite so excit­ing than start­ing your trip by get­ting this close to a bear. I had a great day on the road, expe­ri­enc­ing every form of weather from snow to sun­shine. In one day, I spot­ted two black bears, a huge male elk, bighorn sheep, deer, loons, bald eagles.

It’s made me real­ize once again, how priv­i­leged I am to live in this part of the world, and that so much is right in my own backyard.

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There are many things one thinks about in a paint­ing. Often, it’s how to han­dle your cho­sen medium and how to best reveal the light in a three dimen­sional form on a two dimen­sional surface.

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Here are a cou­ple of beau­ti­ful videos made by Parks Canada of the Gwaii Haanas Marine Park. I will be there this June, as Artist in Residence.

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