October 26, 2014

A fire poker and rail spike hook

If you've been through my studio, you'll know I've been thinking a lot about sculpture, especially in metal. Here are two mini projects I completed and gave to friends recently. They were excuses to play with my new welder and build my skills at the anvil and forge.

A fire poker for an outdoor firepit.

The handle.

The pokey bits.

A railway spike repurposed into a hat hanger.

Malas Hierbas and Againt the Wall

Insanely busy with art these days. Here're two more chunks of me out the door today, just airing a bit before packaging. Thanks K and W for the generous hospitality at your home. Very inspiring.

I gotta say I really enjoyed painting these two. They're chunkier than my usual work. They also, I think, skirt the genres of urban and naturalistic landscape. There's something about the random, uncontrollable quality of nature reasserting itself over the land that we ever domesticate, only temporarily, with concrete and bulldozers that absolutely appeals to me.

Against the Wall
Acrylic mixed media on birch panel
36" x 36"

Malas Hierbas
Acrylic mixed media on birch panel
36" x 36"

October 16, 2014


Here's a large piece I'll have up in my home for the Guelph Studio Tour this weekend.

48" x 60", mixed media on birch panel

October 7, 2014

"Strange Beauty" in the Hamilton Spectator

My show "Strange Beauty" at Focus Gallery was reviewed very generously by Regina Haggo in the Hamilton Spectator.  Check it out.