BIOGRAPHY / ARTIST STATEMENT
For as long as I can remember, the arts and visuals have been a big
part of my life. I was born on Sept. 5, 1950, in New Glasgow, Pictou
County, Nova Scotia. I spent most of my childhood and teenage
years in the country. From a very early age, I had a fascination with
nature and the wonderful creatures in it.
I spent a lot of time in the woods studying and learning about the
behaviours of animals. As I grew older, I got into more serious
research of Nature’s creatures. My research and interest put me in
touch with others who loved animals as much as I did. It was then
that I began to paint and sculpt.
My first job with animals was with the SPCA on McCully street in
Halifax, Nova Scotia. My second job was with a veterinary clinic in
Toronto, Ontario. But my most rewarding job of all was working
with exotic animals from all around the world, from birds, to ferrets,
to reptiles, to amphibians, to arachnids, fish and insects.
It was then that my artwork became very serious to me. At first, as
all kids do, I drew pictures of animals, modeled with plasticine. As
a teenager I dabbled a little in painting. But as I grew older and
really came to appreciate Nature’s children, I wanted to do them in
3-D. So my sculpting became very detailed and serious.
The more I learned, the more I wanted to capture Nature’s children
to perfection. I have been very lucky to see and work with animals
from all around the world. I consider it a great privilege to be able
to share these wonderful creatures who share our world with us,
with others through my art. It is a gift from God, The Master Painter
and Sculptor of us all.
Nova Scotia Woodland