Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Broadbilled Hummingbird and Cactus

This is a pen and ink drawing of a Broadbilled Hummingbird not found here in the east but in the southwest.I really liked the difference in contrast between the hummingbird and the cactus.My website

Monday, 28 March 2011

Spring Garter

Another spring drawing Spring Garter,a graphite drawing on paper.This garter snake I sketched and photographed really early in the spring march the snow had just melted and it was soaking up the sunshine.I actually got on the ground on my stomach to sketch and photograph it.visit my website

Tuesday, 22 March 2011


This is a charcoal of Glen a very dear friend of ours that passed a little over a year ago.I was going through Heather and I's wedding photos and came across pictures of him and I had to do this portrait.It was an honor to do this portrait of a truly great man!Check out my site

Thursday, 17 March 2011

Sping Monarchs

Here is another painting of spring and mating Monarchs this time done in watercolor.This painting was a live demonstration done at an art show a few years back.It was done from memories of the same walk as the oil I posted yesterday.Those memories with the kids are so cherished an will always be foremost in my mind!  

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Mating Monarchs

Spring is close and I am having spring fever BAD.So I thought I would post one of my oils with a spring flavor Mating Monarchs has a great spring feel.The bright fresh greens,booming spring flowers and whats more spring than mating butterfly's!This painting evolved from a hike the kids and I took in Ojibway Park on a beautiful spring day.The kids were amazed and intrigued with the amount of Monarchs mating in the wild flowers.What fond memories now there all grown up and not interested in hikes with Dad oh well theres always the grandchildren lol.Visit my website at

Sunday, 13 March 2011

Coming Storm

Introducing Coming Storm right of the drawing table.This is a charcoal of a Coopers Hawk in a poplar tree waiting for the inevitable an incoming storm.Done on Stathmore vellum it is 14in-11in.I sketched and photographed this mother keeping a very close eye on her juvenile offspring on a early cold spring day in Devon park.She was well aware that I was there but never once interrupted her little one how was eating a bird for breakfast a couple of trees over.

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Peche Island Canada's

Peche Island Canada's is an oil painting that I did a few years back.Peche Island is in the east end of the Detroit River, the mouth of Lake St Clair.I did sketches and photos in all three seasons and decided on fall for the final painting.

Monday, 7 March 2011

Wolf Robe

Wolf Robe was a Cheyenne Chief that fought with Sitting Bull at Little Big Horn and another portrait in my Native American series.This piece is done in pen and brushed ink on watercolor paper.   

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Solitary Vireo

This is a painting done in color pencil on Strathmore vellum paper.The Solitary Vireo is a difficult bird to see not to mention draw.I seen this one in Devon Park on my lunch break, did some sketches and a few photos as reference.One note on Devon Park in Windsor Ontario,its just a little forested area in the city but has some great birding in the spring and fall and nicely groomed trails for walking ,jogging ect.It's not Point Pelee but it is a good place for nature in the city.
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Monday, 28 February 2011


This is an oil painting that I did of a clients dogs.This is a large painting done life size on their favorite blanket it was amazing how close these two were.This painting was really a joy to do!

Sunday, 27 February 2011


Another oil painting Mates is a favorite of My wife Heather,and I've failed in every a tempt to sell it lol.The subjects in this painting are two Mute Swans that I observed for years at mill pond outside London Ontario.The two mates were inseparable.The most difficult and time consuming part of this painting was the reflections in the water I had to really think abstractly.

Saturday, 26 February 2011

Marsh Goose

This is an oil painting I did years ago called Marsh Goose.Marsh Goose is one of my most popular pieces.Oil painting was my first and favorite medium unfortunately I stopped doing oil a few years ago due to allergies but have decided to get back into it hopefully this summer.

Thursday, 24 February 2011

Bryce in space

Introducing Bryce my son art student and philosopher.This is a digital painting I did of him.Trying to capture his fun loving essence (he actually took the photo reference I used himself).The background represents colorful and infinite imagination he's always had.Bryce is a creative spirit and an amazing young man!Visit my website

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Dolphin Dreams

I thought I would switch things up today and post one of my digital works.I'm proud to introduce my daughter Gabby and Granddaughter Barbara in Dolphin Dreams.This is a digital painting that I did of the two of them drawn and painted in Photoshop.Actually it was my first digital painting.

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Ricky smells the BBQ

Introducing Ricky the raccoon.This little fellow spent the summer with us coming out of the woods right after I sparked the BBQ,EVERY NIGHT LIKE CLOCKWORK.Heather and I enjoyed watching him grow up from this little cuddly  dude tagging along with his mother to a very friendly and not so shy adolescent.This piece was done in charcoal on vellum Strathmore paper.Look for more of Ricky to come!

Monday, 21 February 2011


Pride is a drawing of the epic pride and strength of the Native American.Drawn in pen brush and ink on cold pressed watercolor paper.This drawing was years in the making started in 2000 and finally completed January 2011.He is a Cheyenne Chief who fought bravely at Little Bighorn.

Sunday, 20 February 2011

Fast Thunder
Fast Thunder a portrait of a Sioux Chief I do believe circa 1880's.This portrait was done in charcoal on vellum Strathmore paper.He is the most resent of a series of Native Americans and the first in charcoal the others which I'll post soon are in pen and ink.I have always had an interest in the People who originally inhabited the America's possibly being part native myself.

Saturday, 19 February 2011

At The Fountain

This painting is titled At the fountain.At the fountain is a color pencil painting 14in-11in on vellum Strathmore paper using Prisma and Derwent color pencils.This painting depicts a young female English Sparrow coming for a drink at my water fountain in the garden.My inspiration for this painting was the varieties of textures in the different elements,the warm muted grays and of course the beautiful reflections in the brass ball.Alot of color layering and burnishing was involved in this piece 10 layers alone in the ball and reflections. 

Friday, 18 February 2011


Hello everyone this is my first post on my blog.This is a charcoal that I finished the other day.It was done on 14in-11in vellum paper made by Strathmore and a medium and dark charcoal pencil.I also used a paper stomp in two sizes a thick one for broad blending and a very thin one for details.The subject matter is a Downy Woodpecker that I sketched and  photographed in Devon Park in Windsor, she was very curious making her a great subject.