Looking back, it has dawned on me that I have been painting seriously now since1972, the year I graduated from The Alberta College of Art. It hardly seems that long ago that I would head out into the foothills west of Calgary, truck loaded for the day with panels and paint and I would trudge off with a massive pack on my back. Occasionally I was mistaken for a prospector and in a sense I suppose I was looking for treasure. Sometimes I even found it and would attempt to put it onto a small panel and bring home my impressions of those special moments.
My wife Yvette suggested the name Lasting Impressions and it probably sums up things very well. I’ve been fortunate over all these years to wander fascinating areas of this country and other parts of the globe and respond through my art. When Kathy & Dave Foxcroft came to the studio recently to choose the exhibition, it was intriguing to see what they chose and the span of time it represented. It also revealed certain landscape themes that keep recurring. It turns out I like forests and the water that courses through them, gardens for their symbolism and their reach between nature and design, mountain forms for the power they force upon us, and the rural landscape and
the skies that stretch above them.
More than anything else I believe the landscape has given me an opportunity to get a lot of fresh air, see remarkable things and revel in the joy of using paint to express the timeless Sense of wonder it all provides.
I am extremely grateful.