I enjoy the outdoors
and spend a lot of time there; so the landscapes where I travel, wander, and hike were an early source of inspiration. I started
to draw in order to better understand what I was seeing, to make myself more observant. I also wanted to remind myself of
what I saw and to share these places. It is respect for the places that hosted, humbled, and awed me. Most of my landscapes
were drawn on paper with watercolour crayons--I fell in love with the vividness and blending ability of watercolour crayons
even though they are very time-consuming.
I now explore other themes and techniques,
particularly acrylics, linocuts, ink drawing and collage. With acrylics, I did a series of birds in trees, from the shy
nuthatch to the noisy crow. With small linocuts, I illustrated a poem, 'Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird' by Wallace
Stevens, and illustrated a series of haiku I’ve written. I painted and drew on a series of world globes. I create
chap books about my art and poetry and what I come across in the world around me. Recently, I've focused on two projects.
The first is a series of abstract ink drawings with an urban theme. The second are works, 4 ft x 4 ft, in acrylics and collage
based on a series of plot structures.
I am also a community planning consultant who has worked throughout
Western and Northern Canada. After growing up at the northern edge of the prairies, I now live in Vancouver at the vortex
of Railtown, Chinatown, Gastown, Downtown Eastside and the port. I hike, bike, bird, and play defense at Saturday morning
hockey. I am on the Board of the Vines Environmental Arts Festival and the Board of the Eastside Culture Crawl Society.
email@example.com or by phone at 604-816-JOHN (5646)