Daily life is my principal source of inspiration. By painting figures in real or imagined settings I try to convey the narrative qualities of gesture and situation.
STUDIO acrylic on canvas 4’ x 5’ $3,500
IN THE NEWS acrylic on canvas
AFTER HOPPER oil on canvas 4’ x 5’ $3,500
PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST’S MOTHER oil on canvas
WILFUL LIVING oil on Belgium linen
THE FORTUNE COOKIE oil on canvas
NSCAD oil on canvas 36” x 30” $1,000
CLOUD coil on canvas
Painters of influence include Emily Carr, Giorgio de Chirco, Richard Deibenkorn, Philip Guston, Edward Hopper, Giorgio Morandi and Joyce Wieland.
CROSSROADS: Technological Intrusion in a Contemplative Space oil on canvas 5’ x 4’ $3,500
HALIFAX WATERFRONT oil on canvas 27” x 39” $1,800
OCEAN RANGER oil on canvas
COUNTRY DRIVE oil on canvas
PATH oil on canvas 4’ x 4’ $2,800
BLAND STREET oil on canvas
Playful - some serious, some not.
SUNDAY AFTERNOON 16” x 12” (framed) mixed media on canvas $400
BEAUMONT-HAMEL oil on canvas
SHE mixed media on masonite 14” x 10” (framed) $200
PLAY mixed media on canvas
SNOW mixed media on canvas
SUPPORT LIVING ARTISTS mixed media on canvas
GLOBAL NIGHTMARES mixed media on masonite 31” x 25” (framed) $1,800
BIRD FLU mixed media on board 7.5” x 7.5” $75
A variety of styles and techniques – a common thread over the years.
FROM THE WAIST DOWN oil on canvas 33” x 46” $2,000
‘SHE’ SERIES #2 mixed media on paper 24” x 22” (framed) $600
HISTORICAL HALIFAX 6 1/2 foot fibreglass lobster
HOMELESS mixed media on canvas
WINDOW TALES mixed media on canvas 75” x 30” $1,800
SHADES shadow box 9” x 15” $400
FREE TRADE mixed media on canvas
SMOKE oil on canvas 10” x 12” (framed) $200
Central Technical School of Art in Toronto provided a sound foundation in drawing, taught by Fred Ross. Courses at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design furthered my interest and development.
Halifax Figures, a life drawing exhibition by local artists at the Public Archives of Nova Scotia, Halifax – October 4 to October 30, 2013
MODEL charcoal and pastel
MODEL charcoal 15” x 15” (framed with matte) $200
STUDY charcoal 17” x 14” (framed) $200
DRAWING BY TOULOUSE-LAUTREC (COPY) charcoal 17” x 14” (framed) $200
CLASS DRAWING coloured pencils
An eight month course at Sheridan College for computer graphics and interactive multimedia provided the skills necessary for designing websites and other computer work.
WHERE HAVE ALL THE FLOWERS GONE?
MARY S. EDGAR - Camp Founder 1922
AN ARTISTIC TEMPERAMENT - early website
Designing logos are a challenge but a welcome one.
A fulfilling way to participate in the community.
Increasing public awareness presents an interesting challenge.
GREY MATTERS: Coversations with Dementia
An art installation of sixty quotations collected when working as a caregiver in hospitals, senior retirement residences and assisted living quarters.
It was a privilege to experience the wisdom of these elderly patients. Every day they faced devastating health challenges with grace and intelligence. The installation was my response to the joy, frustration and humour observed over this time.
Sanctuary, St. Matthew's United Church, Halifax – September 12 and 13, 2014
My projects often reflect cultural, social or political events or experiences.
INFLUENCES - BIRTHMARKS LANDMARKS EXHIBITION
GREY MATTERS: Conversations with Dementia - Installation
Memory History Imagination, a mixed-media exhibition incorporating a range of art making: landscape and still life painting, figure studies and collage.
Public Archives of Nova Scotia, Halifax – September 3 to September 30, 2015
INTRODUCTION TO THE EXHIBITION
TWO ABSTRACTS AND A STILL LIFE
FOUND PAINTINGS 90s
WWI FAMILY DISPLAY
IN THE STUDIO
I am completing a series of historical maritime images to be exhibited in October 2019.
Lieutenant General Edward Cornwallis - a bronze sculpture erected in 1931 in Halifax. On January 31, 2018, the statue and pedestal were removed on order of the Halifax Regional Council.
William Edward deGarthe, a Finnish-born painter and sculptor who lived for much of his life in Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia.
Griffin Pond in the Halifax Public Gardens
The Halifax Explosion was a maritime disaster which happened on the morning of 6 December 1917.
My family was delighted that I had found a passion for art. Their support was unwavering and made my life as an artist possible. They are remembered with love and gratitude.
MOTHER Betty Caswell Bickle 1922 - 1993
GRANDFATHER Wilfred Nathaniel Bickle 1892 - 1973
GRANDMOTHER Violet McDonagh Bickle 1900 - 1979
CONNECTIONS - an artistic community of friends
Anton Cetín - born in Bojana, Croatia, Anton studied mural techniques at the School of Applied Arts and then print-making at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb. Since immigrating to Canada in 1968, he has held 160 one-man exhibitions and participated in more than 200 group exhibitions world-wide. Throughout Anton’s career his artistic compositions have centred on Eve, who represents femininity, the giver of life, the spirit of peace and harmony. “My Eve was born in 1967 in Paris at a time of peace and hope for a better tomorrow, at a time when one could freely walk along Parisian streets feeling art in the air. And today, 50 years later…?”
Andrea Johnson - Andrea Johnson paints landscape, portraits, and garden motifs in watercolour. Her work intensively explores light, colour, and beauty. Watercolour's transparency and luminosity best expresses her love of nature's seasonal colour changes and shifting light. In summer she paints en plein aire. Her visual and emotional reaction to the subject becomes an important part of the painting process. Born in Toronto, Ontario, Andrea completed a BFA from NSCAD in 1985. From 2002 to 2017 she taught watercolour and drawing classes for Halifax Recreation. In 2015, Andrea and her students exhibited their work at the Chase Gallery in Halifax. Her work is held by a number of private collectors.
Gertrude Kearns - Gertrude has worked both officially and unofficially as a Canadian War Artist for over two decades. An independent, she is not currently affiliated with a commercial gallery. ‘The ART of COMMAND: portraits + posters from Canada’s Afghan Mission’ were completed 2006-2018. The sixty-seven piece project includes paintings, mixed media and multiple original prints. A documentary is in progress by Canadian filmmaker Paul Culliton, based on The Art of Command, pending release later in 2019. Kearns’ works are in private and institutional collections in Canada including The Beaverbrook Collection of War Art, Canadian War Museum, Ottawa; Art Gallery of Nova Scotia Collection; Department of National Defense; Royal Canadian Military Institute, Toronto. 2018-2019, Kearns has embarked on a U.S. military project. Contemporary art database: ccca.concordia.ca/Gertrude_Kearns
Alexandra McCurdy - ceramist / printmaker / independent curator who works in porcelain making highly decorative, one-of-a-kind, colourful pieces, informed by her long-standing interest in textiles. She was an Associate Curator of Ceramics at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia for six years, and has shown her work both nationally and internationally. Alexandra ’s work is in the permanent collections in museums across Canada and in the International Museum of Ceramics in Faenza, Italy. For the past few years, she been obsessed with polka dots, and has made a continuing series of pieces with polka dots, each one slightly different from the last.
Helga Mills - After a lifetime spent in academia, social service and administration in Canada and abroad, Helga retired to Halifax. Always a lover of flowers and flower arranging but with no experience with painting of any kind, Helga began taking lessons from a botanical artist. Little did she know that she was being ushered into a world of beauty which changed the passion of her retirement years. Helga is a founding member of BANSA (Botanical Artists of Nova Scotia).
Bernice Purdy - Bernice’s art has generally been created out of an abiding fascination with the human condition. A self-taught artist, she has had several years of life drawing and an ongoing study of art history. Through symbolism, allegory and myth she conveys insightful visual narratives. A favourite theme is the conflicting messages of womanhood, especially “fat ladies.” Her depiction of voluptuous women are empathetic and satirical social statements. Also of interest are her childhood memories resulting in paintings of her large farming family in rural Nova Scotia. These charming vignettes from the 40s and 50s capture the intimate and lively characters of days gone by. She has participated in numerous Maritime exhibitions and has gained exposure through publications, media coverage and in a film, Bernice, produced for Bravo in 2003.
Lise Trottier - Lise received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from NSCAD University in 1985, a Bachelor of Architecture degree from l’Université de Montréal in 1988 and a Masters in Architecture from Sangath in Ahmedabad, India in 1991. Early in her career, Lise was commissioned to design and build an art installation, “Le Mur Qui Parle” in Kapuskasing, Ontario. In 1995, she founded, hosted and participated in organizing a Symposium on Art and Architecture with the Gallery Articule in Montreal. Art and architectural field trips have taken her to various locations worldwide: Europe, Canada, the USA, India, Hong Kong, Japan and the Caribbean. Lise participated to the realization of architectural projects in Canada, France, India and the United States. She taught theory courses on architecture and environmental design at l'Université du Québec à Montréal and at Concordia University. Lise has also been involved with the development of several new architectural prototypes and garden community projects that serve as contributions to quality of life. Site-specific architectural works that live in harmony with their cultural contexts and with nature.
Anton Cetín - Toronto
With Yellow Flower 2012 mixed techniques on paper 30 x 20 cm
Andrea Johnson - Halifax
Autumn Pathway watercolour
Gertrude Kearns - Toronto
CFC 2017 officer with LGen Leslie and LGen Lessard portraits 2012, 2014