Sep 122014


1/1/5  Celebration  3 x 4″  Photo etch, monoprint, emboss, and mixed media.

Celebration is the third mini print that was chosen for BIMPE, the Biennial Miniature Print Exhibit, which just opened in Vancouver at the Federation Gallery on Granville Island.


1/1/5  The Depths  11 x 15″ Photo etch, monoprint, emboss, and mixed media.

Here’s the same approach in a larger format.  The photo etch plates used for part of these prints are re-purposed images.  The graphic quality of the photo etch provides a foil for the other print techniques;  mono print, emboss and mixed media.

This way of composing appeals to me.  I often design on two sides, creating a problem to solve.  I like the tension.  It’s a delicate technical balancing act.



Sep 092014

Here are two of my prints that were chosen for BIMPE, Biennial International Miniature Print Exhibition.   The prints measure 3 x 4 inches and were etched on Lexan plates.

The prints are based on my constructed comic mythology about the origins of life, and are part of a larger series of prints. The images reference the Palelithic and Pleistocene eras, combined with happy family oriented scenes. My characters seem built of Plasticine, one of the first art materials I used as a kid.  I liked creating an idealized, innocent, slightly creepy, and blissed out world.

  1/5    Bliss:  Family Time

Bliss-  The Garden-1

 1/5   Bliss:  Water Wings

Bliss-  Water Wings-3

Sep 082014


I’m thrilled that three of my prints were selected for BIMPE VIII.  The Gala Opening is at the Federation Gallery in Vancouver, Thursday September 11th. I’ll be there!

Rebecca Allaigres is the artist of the featured print, above.  It’s on the cover of the catalogue and promotional material.  It’s a reduction woodcut titled Cherry Top. 

Here is a description of the show, taken from the BIMPE website:

BIMPE, the Biennial International Miniature Print Exhibition, is a unique and exciting survey of original printmaking on a truly international scale. Works are selected by a jury of respected printmakers and arts professionals from across North America.  The exhibition attracts the very best professional printmakers from across the globe.

Images and themes are diverse, techniques range from traditional to contemporary.  In addition to their excellence, there is one constant: their size. The maximum image area is 10 x 15 cm (4 x 6 inches).


Federation Gallery September 9 – 28, 2014

Opening reception: Thursday, September 11, 2014, 6-9 pm

1241 Cartwright Street, Vancouver, BC

Dundarave Print Shop  September 29 – October 26, 2014

1640 Johnston Street, Vancouver, BC

UBC Okanagan  January 18 – 30, 2015

3333 University Way, Kelowna, BC

SNAP  February 26 – March 28, 2015 

 10123 –121 Street, Edmonton, AB

If you like printmaking and are building an art collection, this exhibit is an excellent opportunity to buy high quality reasonably priced original prints.



Aug 132014

Metchosin International Summer School of the Arts 2014

I was privileged to have been a part of the two week Artist in Residence programme this past summer.  The residency was facilitated by artist Suzanne Northcott, a gifted teacher and artist.

MISSA Suzanne Northcott

The hand of Suzanne working on clayboard.

Summer studio workshops based in the arts have been going strong for the past 30 years at MISSA.

It’s held at Lester B. Pearson College, a United World College.  Opened in 1974, it’s one of 13 such colleges and schools around the globe.  It’s large campus in sited on one of the most beautiful spots in the world in Metchosin, Vancouver Island.

Two other instructors I was fortunate to meet and spend time with during my two weeks were Don Taylor and Pauline Conley.


Don Taylor is a talented bookbinder from Toronto who taught the popular Coptic Bookbinding course.  Don is also the creative force behind Pointyhead Press.  His book Illustrations for Macbeth by Dechard Rinderpest is a tour de force of dark creative hilarity.  He’s a generous teacher with a wonderful sense of humour.

MISSA Pauline Conley

Pauline Conley  There is a very joyful quality to Pauline’s work. Here is a woman unafraid of colour. She taught another well attended course, Beyond Representation, at MISSA. An artist from Ottawa, she’s a curator, cultural administrator, and, a very engaging speaker.  At her artist talk, I loved hearing her description of collaborations and creative process; often the nuts and bolts that can sustain a studio practice.

Check out her work at 

Photo credit:  Pauline Conley


Throwing at the wheel overlooking Pedder Bay.

One of MISSA great strengths and most enduring programmes is ceramics.  This can be attributed to the vision of Founding President Emeritus, Robin Hopper.  Judi Dyelle was key in the administration of the school.  Both are award winning and internationally reknowed master ceramic artists.


MISSA continues to attract talented instructors and ceramics artists.  The kiln firings always draw great interest. Work produced is of a very high standard.

Visit Robin Hopper and Judi Dyelle’s website:


Aug 132014

Paintings from the Float House

I worked on these pieces in my studio at MISSA simultaneously, using a limited palette.  I had a lot of fun mixing the blues.

MISSA Number 5

Number 5  mixed media on canvas  18″ x 22″

MISSA Life Saver

Life Saver  36 x 48″  acrylic on canvas

MISSA The Offering

The Offering  18 x 22″  acrylic on canvas

MISSA Still Harbour

Still Harbour  18 x 22″  acrylic on canvas

MISSA Sentinel

Sentinel  36 x 48″  acrylic on canvas

MISSA Big Blue

Big Blue  36 x 48″  acrylic on canvas