Me in a nutshell

My photo
Pretty much every morning I get up at sunrise and take a walk with my dog.I like a big cup of coffee in the morning and a cold beer in the evening.I enjoy building stuff and for sure over my life have made more than my fair share of sawdust.Now I love to paint.It all started in July of 2009 when I took a painting class at the local art co-op.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

on the border USA and Canada

                                                              OIL 18"X24"
   This farm is part in USA and part in BC Canada.Taxes must be a challenge

Fishing At Boudie Light

                                                          OIL 16"X24"
                                 This is one of my favourite fishing spots

Rossland at sunset

                                                                         OIL 12"X24"

                                         This little jewel of a town is in BC Canada

Thursday, June 16, 2016


                                                                      OIL  18"X24"

Monday, February 29, 2016

A Younger Mans Wave 18"X24"

                                                                OIL 16"X 24"

      Its been awhile since my last painting.Snowboarding and work has kept me away from my brushes.
Painting this took me back 30 years.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Rodanthe Dock 11"X16" OIL

                                                            OIL 11"X16"
A nice day to paint.It was done from land so used my oil paints

Wanchese near sunset OIL 16"X20"

                                                         OIL 16"X20"
This is on that back road south from Wanches

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Quay Court Fire OIL 12"X16"

I redid this painting. The original was done at least 2 years ago and I feel this does more justice to how bad thiis fire was. It was a 4 station alarm as the winds that night were 35 knts

Monday, November 9, 2015

Miss M a watercolour 11"X16"

Thank you miss M for posing with patience.

From the back yard Watercolour 11"X16"

This little beauty grows on the back yard trellis.

New Inlet 11"X16" Watercolour

I did this watercolour on 300 lb 11"X16" Canvas from my canoe. It was great no solvents and water all around for dipping a brush
The same day I did this of the new inlet bridge. Its also watercolour 11"X16"
 Watercolours are great for plein air- A lot less stuff to hump around.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

bridge by laramie

                                                                     OIL 16"X20"
  Park and walk under the trestle and on the other side is an historic old army fort from the cowboy days. Not a sole around so we hung out and took a nap before heading back to the main road east.

   I have had a few friends ask why I don't post on my blog anymore so here are a few of the latest paintings. Its been about 2 years since I posted so a lot of paintings that I don't have photos of will be forgotten.

crab bridge 12x12

                                                                            OIL 12"X12"

                         This was done only using a Painters Knife .A secret spot where my friend Dan and I caught a bucket full of crabs.

silos utah 12x16

                                                     OIL 12"X16"
This was somewhere on the road east from Utah

River Fork

                                                              OIL 16"X24"
                   This one is out west somewhere

beach bonfire

                                                                 OIL 9"X12"

     From a photo by Tom of his beach bonfire at Salvo. A fun evening

Rest stop creek

                                                             OIL 16"X20"

This was a rest stop somewhere in Idaho

malo 12x16

                                                             OIL 12"X16"

making music

OIL 12"X24"

     Two good friends making music in Rodanthe

oasis rail

                                                            OIL 12"X16"
 This was done inside on a rainy day from a photo from my days in the boatyard


                                                        OIL 12"X16"

Monday, April 14, 2014

Light before the storm

                                                                    OIL 8"X10"

This was done from a day that was cloudless sunny and cold.  The painting looked kind of boring ,just another Lighthouse and lay for about a month, in my pile of "not happy with" canvases.Today I added some storm clouds and moved it to the I'm satisfied pile.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Ice forms on the pond

OIL 8"X10"
A quick painting done outside -it was bloody cold
It snowed here last night and this is what our local pond looked like with snow and ice forming on it.
                                                     Paint gets stiff in the cold

Friday, February 7, 2014


OIL 11"X14"

 This is about as far south that the road goes in Chile. From here on down its by plane or boat

Friday, January 24, 2014

Fresh Veggies

OIL 11"X14"
                                I did this from a sketch and photo I had from my last road trip.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014


OIL 16"X20"
Husum Falls on the White Salmon river in Washington. This is where I learnt to kayak


OIL 24"X30"
Changing colours a sign that winter is coming

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

One of my bees

OIL 8"X10"

                                    We have bees-lots of them and this spring there will be honey

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Light at the end of the road

OIL 16"X20"

                                   This was from when I was out west a month or so ago

Friday, November 29, 2013

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Take a seat

OIL 16"X 20"

                                                  I met this guy on my way home from my last trip.
                               Its a night scene and he has all the lights from the shops on him.

Monday, November 25, 2013


OIL 18"X24"                 
Needs more than a coat of paint

Thursday, November 14, 2013

The little Cabin not far from here

OIL 11"X14"

I painted this using my new toys that came in the post yesterday-2  flats and Gamblin Gel medium and canvases
I love the medium. Its slick and slippery and so now my Gamsol will probably be only for brush cleaning

Sunday, November 10, 2013

From under the bridge

OIL 22"X28"

This is the view from under the road bridge looking towards the railway bridge. Its a noisy spot

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Leashed but ready to go


OIL 11"X14"

                              This was mostly done outside on scene then adjusted back in the studio

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Autumn comes to Main St

OIL 12"X16"


This was a bit of a battle but it was fun to paint.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Old Tin Shed

OIL 12"X16"

                                          Hot when it was sunny but didn't leak when it rained.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

railway siding

OIL 10"X12"
This is pretty much an invented scene.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

55 going on 60

                                                                 OIL 12"X24"

                         I painted this from a photo taken out the window whilst driving at 60 MPH onto the approach to the bridge that is soon not to be.

Monday, August 19, 2013

The bridge everyone is talking about

OIL 16"X20"
I forgot I had this photo of the cloud I painted from the breakwater. This cloud was kind of invented from the mess of clouds floating overhead
The bridge was painted over the cloud from the end of the catwalk
 I painted the bridge a bit wonky but they say it may fall in soon anyway-so what the heck

Back in the studio I added some waves and did a titanium wash over the clouds water and bridge to add some depth 

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Barber Shop

OIL 12"X24"
                                                Behind that door is a third generation barber. I got a haircut by the son of the son of a barber.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Plein Air by Canoe

Lately I have been doing a lot more painting outside live. Canoe and paints and a fishing rod can take care of a fun few hours in no time flat
I painted the canoe in the middle of the picture which from what I have read and been told  is not a good idea. So back on the boat I painted the canoe out.
Finished piece below.
OIL 9"X12"


Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Pink cabin at sunset

OIL 9"X12"

I did this one outside at sunset.
 After a hard day of fun in the sun its nice to find a quite cool spot and enjoy a beer whilst splashing paint on a canvas. As soon as I saw this pink house I knew I had to have a go at it
I made some changes and republished it

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Big Red Barn

OIL 8"X14"

                                                         This was fun quick and easy

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Mermaids are not scaly all over

                                                               OIL 16"X20"

We stuck, nor breath nor motion                  
 calm as a painted ship
Upon a painted ocean.
Water, water, every where,
And all the boards did shrink;
Water, water, every where,
Nor any drop to drink.       
 Sam Coleridge

It was day 32 of a long passage when I saw my first mermaid..
For the last 7 days we had been becalmed on a dead still ocean. Not knowing how long we would be trapped without wind, without motion  we had no choice but to ration water.
 In the boring heat of the day, and misty headed with thirst I was staring into the depths when I saw her.
The wind came up that night and my mermaid was left behind forever.
I have never seen another Mermaid at sea
I painted this from memory.

Sunrise at anchor

OIL 16"X20"

                           This is from a photo I took whilst rowing ashore for an early coffee.
                                         As usual my camera has exaggerated the yellow a bit

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Minnow Man

OIL 8"X10"
No wind yesterday which is rare around here so I went to paint outside.
I planned on doing an easy quick landscape painting.
I found a quite spot with no people around until this guy showed up with his throw net.