Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Friday, January 16, 2009

self portrait

January 2009
Halifax, NS

what else?

Billy bought me leather gear...for making stuff (technical terms).
so, while we were travelling, I started putzing around. I'm working on some boots.
here are some purses i've made.

Painted leather.


a little oil sketch on wood
of billy studying

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

summer's last breath

currently featured at Bean Around the World Cafe,
Main st, Vancouver

there's a symphony in my window!


Friday, September 5, 2008

market wares

currently featured at Bean Around the World Cafe,
Main st, Vancouver

john oliver

John Oliver is a street artist in Granada, Nicaragua.

Currently featured at Bean Around the World Cafe,
Main st, Vancouver

the way we are

currently featured at Bean Around the World Cafe,
Main st, Vancouver

Friday, August 15, 2008

a bouquet of sunflowers

August 2008

this one is definitely one of my favourites.

Sunday, August 10, 2008


cotton canvas

Live well my friends.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Monday, February 25, 2008

farmer benn from cumbria


this is inspired by a picture i found in an old national geographic. the entire article is on this farmer named Farmer Benn, who is quoted as saying: "i like doin' things the old way". he was a happy, overworked farmer. he is also quoted as saying: "when will i retire? i'm workin' myslef down from 90-hour weeks. Maybe next year it'll be 80 hours." a typical and charming image of farmers.
(Currently housed in Halifax)

for a bowl of rice

from a picture of a thai hilltribe woman, from my trip in 2005.

she is cleaning rice in the traditional way.

old friends

as i wend to the shores i know not,
as i list to the dirge, the voices of men and women
as i inhale the impalpable breezes that set in upon me,
as the ocean so mysterious rolls toward me closer and colser,
i too but signify at the utmost a littlewash'd-up drift,
a few sands and dead leaves to gather,
gather, and merge myself as part of the sands and

-Walt Whitman,
from As I Ebb'd with the Ocean Life

peace of the wild things

inspired by my dad and the poem by Wendell Berry:

Peace of the Wild Things

When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children's lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

-Wendell Berry


4ftx2.5ft (approx)

i love this painting not only for its energy, but for its vintage feel. the subject reminds me of my grandmother. i (loosly) based the photo off of an old black and white photograph i found.

train hopping

even if you don't catch a ride, the act of trying to
go somewhere
makes the sidewalk and bills melt away,
as the foliage massages your soul awake.
and you find that somehow you've left one place for another
without necessarily moving very far at all.


Saturday, February 9, 2008

after the fieild II

i did a smaller sketch similar to this last year.
this is a bigger and better version.

Monday, February 4, 2008

seaworn rythm

vagrant finesse
o driftwood heart,
battered by storm
Resilient itinerant
Matched only by the sea


Saturday, February 2, 2008

sky light

10x10 inches

winter bare

for sale

tree shadows

Trees are magicians
Who lay their echo
along frost-crisped lawns
And cracked sidewalks
Who wrap their blue arms around boxed houses,
Entreating you to listen,
the vice that holds you still


Tuesday, January 22, 2008


I'm trying to get away from using photos that i didn't take,
but sometimes they're just so good. this one is of some italian women harvesting
jasmine for purfume. as a justification: i want to capture the diversity of agriculture around the world. i want bring a visual lucidity to the lives that literally carry the world on their backs. i mean, we already are connected through the products that we use--painting is my way of bringing a little more awareness and heart to our interconnected existence.

(i guess i need to get myself a camera and start travelling the world)

seaside retirement

this was the view from a borrowed window