Announcing Limited Edition Prints…

Limited edition giclée prints now available

David and I are very pleased to offer a series of limited edition prints of David’s floral artworks, on stretched gallery-style canvas.

Long, loose paint strokes, evocative of time-lapse transformation. Many of us have noticed how change happens so stealthily in a garden, or in a bouquet of fresh-cut blossoms. Painting flowers is a perennial challenge. The essence of their beauty lies partly in their changing energy, which David strives to capture in each of his works through a dynamic interplay between movement and light.

Having had the opportunity to both observe and hang David’s works over the years has fueled a desire to share his unique artistic perspective more widely with others. Limited edition canvas prints are now available. To check them out, Click here.

The Space Between…

Space Camp graduating class of 2017!

Children have largely not yet developed our grownup habit of doubt. They have big vision, big optimism and big resilience. Children grow into a system that, with the best of intentions, encourages caution – very often with excellent reason.

But, perhaps we grownups should take another look at the space between a child’s vision and boundless optimism and the caution, skepticism and doubt of adulthood.

Perhaps there exists a creative opportunity in that space where magic can ignite, a space where vision combines with ability, helped along by the skills adults have acquired.

Might be there something we’ve been missing?

During our Space Camp, we adults had the opportunity to view the cosmos through the lens of a child’s mind…..a precious lens of unbound creativity, bordering on magic.

Wonder. Full.

To Mars and beyond!

Countdown: six days to blast off!

Classwork from one of our art camps

Countdown has begun to the Ottawa School of Art (Shenkman Centre) Space Camp: “To Mars and beyond” for ages 9 to 12! David will be leading the art program and I have a number of cool space projects up my sleeve.

Each “astronaut trainee” will have a Space Suit (painter’s overalls with individual red band I.D. striping so they know which suit belongs to them, name tag and mission patch). At the end of the day, space suits are returned to their hangers in the Space Lab! Our main projects for the week are: “building” the Canadarm and understanding what it does, building a solar array with gold film on panels of foam core (so that they understand where the energy for power on the International Space Station comes from) and learning what life is like in space: what do astronauts eat? Where does the water come from? What happens if they get sick?

The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) very generously sent me a box full of posters (Chris Hadfield, Julie Payette, Robert Thirsk…), mission stickers and instructor’s manuals for helping children understand some of the experiments, like how to grow food, etc.
The format for the week is space-related art in the morning and in the afternoon they also get to work in the Space Lab!

My hope is to help accelerate the formation of Canadian seedlings for the space effort. I’m all in – we need to expand our understanding of our universe. The time frame involved can be difficult to wrap our heads around, but I’m convinced that a healthy portion of human effort wishes and is designed just for this. I spent some time working at the CSA – I miss it all and the amazing people there!

Here’s my new generation space shuttle “OSA-1 (note the gold cockpit canopy!), still a work in progress (fuel and rocket-booster exhaust cowlings still to be painted black).

For details of the Ottawa School of Art’s March Break Program visit

Happiness is a violin-playing goat!


Marc Chagall in Paris, 1921

At first glance, the art of Marc Chagall may seem a bit out there, surreal, even otherworldly. That’s basically how I felt, until a doorway opened for me upon listening to a short exchange in the well-known movie, “Notting Hill”. Whilst discussing Chagall’s painting “La Mariée”:

William (Hugh Grant) comments: “With a goat playing the violin.”

Anna Scott (Julia Roberts) replies: “Yes – happiness isn’t happiness without a violin-playing goat.”

“La Mariée” provides an example of a triumphant  visual portrayal of emotion. What might a visual representation of happiness possibly look like? How could it be made to appear in visual art? For some, its form might be this beguiling and unforgettable work.

Marrying figure with the purest colour, movement and rhythm, Chagall’s unique vision inspires and moves. He returned a powerful figurative motif to contemporary art: dreaming, remembering, relating- Chagall’s instinctive approach to his subjects transports us into his world. We respond intuitively to visual cues such as colour, value and texture and these unforgettable images convey more than form, they have depth of feeling. For me, Chagall’s paintings are as good a representation of joy and happiness as anything possibly can be.

Art is that marvelous vehicle which often conveys us to a place where we can reconnect with our own happiness – and when we do, others invariably share it’s effect.

Thank you Marc!

Opening 28 May at the National Gallery: Daphnis & Chloé, a major exhibition of Chagall prints.

Whatever your style, join us on May 30th for a day inspired by Chagall’s legacy – details on the courses page of David’s website.


Tom Thomson and Emily Carr in the U.K.!

The Royal High School in Bath, England

The Royal High School, Bath, England

Last December, David gave a talk at the Royal High School in Bath, England. It was entitled: “Tom Thomson, Emily Carr…and the birth of Canadian painting.”

The timing for this talk was appropriate, given that the exhibition “From the Forest to the Sea: Emily Carr in British Columbia” is currently running in London at the Dulwich Picture Gallery (world’s first purpose-built public art gallery!). A couple of years ago, “Painting Canada: Tom Thomson and the group of Seven” also showed at the Dulwich. These exhibitions have attracted substantial attention to Tom, Emily and the other great masters of the Canadian landscape.

but for 3000 miles they could have been contemporaries

Young Tom and Emily!

David’s exposé emphasized the pictorial, complemented by a more personal look at the artists and their impact. Tom Thomson was a Canadian first: home grown, a woodsman and a bit atypical. Pan-Canadian art sensitivities were later cemented when Emily Carr’s powerful vision of the west connected with the Ontario-centric Group of Seven. Photos of Tom fishing, his paintbox, a smattering of anecdotes about each and a reading of one of Emily’s poems rounded out a memorable morning.

a difficult choice: which of Tom and Emily's paintings to include?

Difficult choices: which of Tom and Emily’s paintings to include!

The audience, a senior art class, comprised intelligent, talented and enthusiastic students. We had hoped that this image-rich presentation would garner a healthy level of interest in Canadian art. We needn’t have worried. This bright group of accomplished students, by way of a fascinating volley of relevant questions, enriched their art knowledge, with expert coaching from their teacher.

One of the greatest joys in sharing knowledge is witnessing inspiration, which so often leads to empowerment. Another vital aspect resides in the opportunity to explore the non-technical and often invisible magic of the creators of this beauty, without which these treasures might never have been born. On that note, a poem, by Emily:

Dear Mother Earth!
I think I have always
specially belonged to you.
I have loved from babyhood
to roll upon you,
to lie with my face pressed
right down onto you,
in my sorrows.
I love the look of you
and the smell of you.
When I die, I should like
to be in you unconfined,
The petals of flowers
against my flesh and
you covering me up.


On 21 February, join us for a day inspired by Emily’s legacy: you can check out this and the five other sessions in our winter workshop series on the courses page of David’s website.