This page displays some of my Wildlife oriented paintings.
winter song first snow_30x40_acrylic_2012_repainted 7/2016 Donation to Frost Rd Elementary
Shore Patrol_30x48_acrylic on canvas_sold
Big Thirst_soft pastel on suede_6/20_20x30_
the watcher_24x48_acrylic _2012
Sassy Jack_20x30_acrylic on illus. brd._NA
Spirit in Motion_ltd print 11x22_T=275
elephant or ivory_2013_30x40 NA
on the edge_30x40_acrylic_2009_NA
Junkyard Dog_30x40_acrylic_2013. Sold
Among the Pines_24x30_acrylic_10/20 a Barred owl sitting on a snow covered branch. I loved the subtle colour transitions of the pine branches and their graceful sweep towards the tree trunk as they were being backlit by the morning sunlight.
day at the beach_acrylic_ gyclee ltd ed. 50_24x36_2009 original 30x48
Old Crag_30x40_acrylic_2010 NA
California Quail in Kelowna_18x36_acrylic_2010_NA
Sandhill Sunset_40x30_acrylic_2014 SOLD
Young Rogue_18x24_pencil_5/2014 SOLD
Golden Fury_24x30_soft pastel on suede_3/20. Winter is a difficult time for Golden eagles. Every found food source is not given up without a fight as their very survival may depend on that meal.
Follow the Leader_18x36_acrylic_8/2014 SOLD
Shadow in the Grass_30x40_4/2015_NA This temple is by a lake the in Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve. I wanted to create a piece that accentuated the tiger's former, natural home and now long after man has left ,it reclaims it's territory.
Spirit Catcher_30x40_acrylic_12/2015_ This painting represents a power dream i had in Nov. 2013. In the dream two eagles were flying together with their talons locked together. They then morphed into the eye of a raven. The next morning the dream came true. As I left my house an eagle called ,as I looked around the side of my house to look for them, two eagles with their talons locked together came flying over the roof top of my neighbours house. One turned and looked at me, they then separated and flew back the way they had come from. A crow sitting upon a nearby lamp post, was startled and it flew off towards my house. It dropped a bone it was carrying which bounced off of my driveway wall and came to rest between my feet. I believe the eagles represent a new life path, a spiritual journey, that my wife and I are meant to make together.
Play Time_40x30_acrylic_1/2016_I love elephants. They have many endearing qualities that make them so beautiful. In this painting I wanted to create an image that portrayed their love of water and their playful exuberance while immersed in it.
Catitude_30x40_acrylic_9/2016_SOLD_ I wanted this cougar to portray an air of supreme peace and contentment. Even though it may have been chased into the tree by a pack of hunting dogs or by wolves, it is unconcerned. It knows they can,t climb and it can out run them, at least until it reaches the next tree, and can certainly defend itself if it has too.
Ancient Kings_acrylic_30x40_2011 SOLD_The crumbling ruins of a giant Cambodian head is the background to this resting tiger. He is now the new king of this territory
Shadow_18x24_pastel on suede matboard_5/2017 NA. I liked how the light and shadow played across the tiger and wanted to create an image where his camouflaged colouring would blend into the background. I chose the doorway of an old temple ruin in a forest setting of the Indian jungle. I also added and enhanced the foliage to add to the jungle feel.
Beauty And The Beast_acrylic_18x36_4/2017_This painting was created for the Arts 2017 Canada 150 birthday theme. I wanted to portray how we Canadians take such pride in our great country of wide open, beautiful, landscapes, and the magnificent wildlife. The snowy owl also representing the freedom we have and the perceived image of the "Great White North". But I also felt it was important to include the connection to the tar sands and oil refineries of the prairies. To me this is like a dirty black scar upon the subconsciousness of Canadians. For the most part it is out of sight in this vast country, but it still pollutes our air, our water, and our farmlands which are all essential for life but we allow our governments to sell out for the profit and greed of the oil industry.
"Rocky"_20x26_7/2017_pastel on suede mat NA. I wanted to try a drawing of a snow leopard with pastel in a mountain environment. I had just finished a painting in acrylic earlier this year of a snow leopard in the snow and wanted to compare the two mediums for texture and light quality.
Mossy Perch_18x24_acrylic_9/17 My friend Bonnie was the inspiration for this painting. She had a chance meeting with a Great Horned Owl on her lake property in the Spring. She seems to have adopted it as a spirit animal. The owl is often thought of as a symbol of wisdom but is also considered to be a spirit animal messenger, and the meaning for one to trust their intuition.
Elly_20x30_pastel_2/2018 since elephants are one of my favourite subjects to paint, I wanted to paint one in pastel on suede mat. I wanted just a portrait so the viewer could get up and personal with the image.
Dang It_30x40_acrylic_8/18 I wanted this painting to relate to all the unlucky fishermen. They all seem to have a story about the "one" that got away. Here our unlucky fisherman watches longingly after the escaping prize, while even more fish swim behind him and out of reach.
Great Grey_pastel on suede_21x26_6/18
'Tall Grass Tiger'_ 24x30_pastel on suede_5/2019. I love painting tigers. I felt the tall grass really accentuated the stealthy movement and secret nature of the tiger in this painting. this was created on a dark blue suede mat, with just the odd hint of blue coming through to compliment the oranges and yellows of the tiger and the grasses.
Khutzeymateen Grizzly_soft pastel on suede_23.5x29.5_10/2019. I visited the Khutzeymateen grizzly sanctuary in Northern B.C. this past summer and did not see a bear. However the scenery was spectacular even during the constant rainfall. I tried to capture the feel of the wet environment and placed within it this composit of several bears to create an image that I imagined I might have been able to see while visiting there.
Scratching Post_soft pastel on suede_18x24_12/2019_This image was created from a compilation of four images ,composed in photoshop and then painted with soft pastel on suede. I love the softer lines and the more natural look you get with soft pastels on suede as opposed to the harder edge and lines I get with acrylic on canvas. I like to create my compositions of wildlife where the subject has an easily interpretted expression or stance to create a further interaction with the viewer.