April 21, 2020

For my second edition of Colouring the Collection for The Muse, I created this illustration of Evening (1921) by Walter J. Phillips.  

This piece feels reminiscent of a mid-summer evening, when the sun sets late in the day letting us bask in its warmth.  Another beautiful and uniquely Lake of the Woods scene.

I know many of us are feeling a great deal of stress, and maybe even finding our mental and physical illnesses are acting up as a result.  I personally find art to be quit...

April 18, 2020

In Northwestern Ontario, it isn't uncommon for the winter season to extend long into the spring time.  A couple weeks ago, we had some freezing rain.  As a result, the foliage was covered in beautiful, glimmering icicles.

Although my first love is painting and drawing, photography is a close second.  A few months ago I purchased a new camera - a Canon Rebel SL3 - and had up until this point only used it for photographing my artworks.  I am super impressed with how it handled these nature clo...

April 15, 2020

As some of you know, my day job involves working as the Art Centre Programmer at the The Muse in Kenora, Ontario.  With the current pandemic situation, we are closed to the public and I have been trying to figure out new ways to engage our audience in art activities until we can once again open our doors.

In my search for ideas, I began by exploring what other public art galleries were doing and came across the "Colouring the Collection" content being posted by the Winnipeg Art Gallery.  I d...

December 12, 2016

Sometimes the simple advice is the best advice, wouldn't you agree?

I think that advice works best when it is both easy to understand and easy to remember.  If it is too complicated we are likely to forget or confuse the intended meaning, and it is really not serving it's intended purpose: to advise us.

In the last semester of my last year in my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, one of my professors gave us a simple assignment.  He told us to start saying “I am an artist” as much as possible.  To ours...

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