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I'm retired from teaching sociology at North Island College for 29 years. My main scholarly interests are aligned with the works of Marx, Durkheim, Becker, Rank, Veblen, Innis and many other scholars marginal to mainstream academia. But I love art too and playing the blues harp.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

The Lulu Island

This is my latest painting. It's acrylic, 36X31 inches. The image is taken from a photo by crew aboard the SVCurtsy in Pender Harbour. The tugboat that inspired this painting is now at the bottom of the Harbour. Recently SOLD at auction.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Saturday, August 3, 2013


So, Winston is a bloodhound rescued by my longtime friend, Bill Brehl who lives near Ottawa.  He's a great guy and a rescuer of bloodhounds along with his wife, Andrea Brehl.  They have 3 bloodhounds and assorted other pets.  Bill took a picture of one of his bloodhounds, Winston, as he was staring out the window during a rainstorm.  I was inspired by Bill's photo to do this acrylic painting of Winston.  It was great fun to do.  I've wanted to use the 'chiaroscuro' technique for some time and this painting demonstrates that (in my mind).  It's 16X20 inches. It lives with Bill and Andrea.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

More derelict boats.

The top painting here is acrylic, 24X24 inches.  The bottom image is a hand-painted (in watercolour) intaglio print 9X12 inches.  Both are for sale in the Project Watershed online auction on its Keeping It Living website.  SOLD

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Pico and the raccoon

Created for my granddaughters for Christmas 2012.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Sunshine Coast Derelict

This is a large acrylic on canvas painting in my derelict boat series. Sold at the last Comox Valley Art Gallery Auction.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Arianne and horse in the Camargue, France, June 2007

This is a drawing from a photograph using only a #7 2B mechanical pencil. I'm getting tired of packing a whole range of pencils around. I've been wanting to draw this scene since 2007. Just got around to it this summer. Glad I did.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Alpine snail

This is a drawing I did from a photo my wife, Carolyn, took while we were hiking in the Alps in 2007.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Sunday, October 25, 2009

J in October 09

This is a conté drawing done in 20 minutes or so. I draw with The Cumberland Lifers. Check out our blog noted below. I no longer have this now lives in Victoria.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Highway 19 derelict

Another acrylic painting in my boat series. This one is 24"X24". It just sold at auction so it wasn't in my life a long time, but I enjoyed painting it.

Another acrylic painting of the same derelict tugboat. Same size as the one above. SOLD at auction.

Sunday, November 16, 2008


I did this simple coloured pencil drawing years ago. I'm going to use it as the basis of a painting soon.

Paintings from 2007

Forest Floor (acrylic, 24X30)

Cobra Fern (acrylic, 24X30)

Languid Liquid (acrylic 24 X 48 inches)

Monday, November 3, 2008


The photo doesn't do this piece full credit. The actual painting in acrylic (16"X20").

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Self Portrait 2008

I hope that it's obvious that it's a self portrait.
 In a political frame of mind recently, I titled this piece: The Colonial Master Gazer. That works, I think but from that perspective it's a little embarrassing that I'm the model for the piece. Whatever, I think it works whatever I call it.  My daughter, Marika, is in possession of this piece.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Bali Weeping

The three images here are linked. The first image is of a Balinese wall plaque that we bought some time ago. For a project in silk screening class I put together an image derived from the mask that I call Bali Weeping as a commentary on colonialism and the loss of Balinese culture via westernization. The third image is a monoprint. It was created as the print series was created. There are 9 colour 'pulls' for my Bali Weeping print, 9 separate screens that must be used for the 9 different colours involved. Every time I pulled a colour on the print I also pulled it on the monoprint so that every pull is present on the monoprint but in a very different relationship to the 'regular' print. I like the effect and it is definitely one of a kind.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Portrait of Carolyn as a Young Woman

This portrait is very light and ethereal, with a very unusual perspective for a portrait. I did this long ago, but I still like it and thought I'd share it with you!
It's 8½X11 in hard pencil.

Saturday, May 10, 2008


Another 1984 drawing.

Self Portrait from 1984

This is what I looked like in 1984! Time to do another self-portrait.

Looking East into the Salish Sea

This is a drawing I did in 1985 when I first started drawing using Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, a great book by Betty Edwards. There's a story here. We (the family) were at Seal Bay Park one day exploring the beach when I ran across this piece of driftwood that looked like an old wrecked window of some kind. I propped it up with some rocks and drew what I saw inside the 'window.'

Monday, April 28, 2008

Tree Frog

This is a pencil drawing I did of a tree frog. I got the image from a magazine cover (can't remember which) but I just loved this image and decided to draw it. This is the result. I'm quite happy with it. It's small, about 7"X10".

Friday, April 25, 2008

This is the first image I did inspired by the River Road boats. It's a pencil drawing that hangs in the Rocky Mountain Cafe in Comox.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

George doesn't like you.

No, I'm not kidding. I call this guy New Orleans because of the hurricane that hit the place and put lots of people like this out on the street.

Hang Dog Terrorist

This is an image I did a couple of years ago. It's basically an ink doodle. This guy is George Bush's worst nightmare.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008


I'm not sure I'm terribly happy with this piece. I did it last night from a doodle I did during a boring meeting I was in. I'm having fun, though. This is ink, watercolour and gouache on cold-pressed paper.


This is a watercolour. It's 8"X15" or so. The actual work is much 'crisper' than the image suggests. This sunflower was cut and placed in water with red dye in it. That colours the petals.

And Proud of It

This is a 'playful' image. I start a painting like this by first drawing the image. I do that by randomly drawing lines on the paper with ink, then decide what the lines invoke. This is an acrylic painting 24"X48". The photo doesn't do it credit. It's much 'crisper' than the photo suggests.