of Maritime Life
Art Car Door (1999)
Art Car Door was influenced by my interest
in cars and my 1999 visit to Houston where I experienced first-hand
the excitement of the Orange Show Art Car Parade. Utilizing a
1971 VW Beetle door as a ground, my colourful and tranquil maritime
life image is surrounded by a compass star complemented by native
bead work, pennies, a small brass anchor and a series of dimes
displaying the famous Lunenburg-built Grand Banks Schooner, Bluenose.
Art Car Door was selected by curator Tom
Smart for inclusion in the Year 2000 Marion McCain Atlantic Regional
Art Exhibition. This one-year touring exhibition titled Artists
In A Floating World, opened at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery,
Fredericton, N.B. in October 2000 with further visits to Dalhousie
University Art Gallery, Halifax, N.S.; London Regional Art Gallery,
London, Ont.; and The Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, Sask. Art Car Door was acquired by the Art Gallery
of Nova Scotia in 2002 and is now in the Permanent Collection.
What a Washday! (1997)
What a Washday!
is the result
of a good dose of local folklore coupled with an active imagination.
It is difficult to tell the fact from fiction in such cases. Suffice
to say this is a rather provocative image of a maritime life scene
which probably did occur!
Painted in oils on
panel, I have produced T-shirts and postcards of this entertaining
and light-hearted scene.
One of my favourite
Maritime seaports, Lunenburg has a vast and colourful heritage.
I have tried to capture the very essence of seafaring life in
Painted in oil on panel
and mounted in a handmade pine frame, Lunenburg Town now resides with a happy collector.
Old Island Days (1997)
This painting evokes
images of those good old days of summer. Fishing for mackerel,
boating, swimming and general relaxation in the summer sun.
The pine frame is hand
carved, with the sun, moon and a compass star. The carved images
and the vivid two-tone blue colours represent glorious days of
island sunshine flowing into warm moonlit summer nights.
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