Here is a portfolio of my work. I'll be adding to this site as it is fairly new and I will be posting new works shortly.
Liam and Winter ( sold )
I finished this one awhile ago . It was in the American Oils Painters Annual Show some years back.
Lady With Hat 1 (sold)
I just love these vintage hats.
Getting Dancer (sold)
We used to have a horse on the farm.
An oil wash of a women from the early 1930's.
Terra Cotta (sold)
A very familiar scene as a boy growing up; my mother was always cooking up something fabulous.
The Lowe's Initials (sold)
On the carriage house wall, behind the figure are some initials of the Lowe children that had this farm before us. One of the children came back to the farm, she was in her mid eighties . I showed her this wall and she ran her fingers over them. You could see the memories flooding back in her mind as she gave us a touching smile They have all passed away now. This farm was built back in 1898.
Hat Lady 2 (sold)
Another great vintage hat.
Coming Back From The Pond (sold)
The boys used to have great fun skating on the pond. I would take the tractor down the hill and blow it off for them. I usually got it stuck in the deep snow trying to get back. We had kerosene lanterns alight around the pond on sticks in the snow a few times skating at night.
Hat Lady 3 (sold)
Many of these young men fought on both sides during the American Civil War from 1861 to 1865.
Hat Lady 4 (sold)
The Shearer ( sold )
Calum my oldest son was a big help when we were farming. Shearing is done once a year. We sheared the sheep as soon as it started to get warm after a typical cold winter.
The World Lay Still
When it's so quiet. Just the wind and you.
All Shorn Now ( sold )
It was always a source of great excitement when the shearer came. After a period of about four minutes per sheep, we would be left with an intact fleece and the ewe would run off lighter and cleaner. Next was the skirting table where my wife Alexa would clean and separate the dags. Upon completion, she would roll up the fleece by twisting the neck section and looping it around and through, to make a loose knot. With great enthusiasm the youngest Liam would throw up the bundle to his older brother Calum. He would be standing in the great long suspended wool bag. Jumping up and down compacting this years harvest, doing this so we could get as many in one bag as possible. Then it was dinner and we could get caught up on all the news from shearer, letting us know what was happening with fellow shepherds.
For The Hay Is Ripe ( sold )
Always a bit stressful bringing in the hay. It has to be cut just at the right time. You want it to just flower that's when the protein is at its highest. After that , the seed heads start to dry out and the goodness leaves with it. Hay is so important as it has to feed your livestock all winter long. Ideally you need three good drying days everytime you cut a field.
Hanging On To Memories ( sold )
Memories and love stay fast with us with Christmases in our past . Even alone you want to kindle the spirit.
Alone In His Thoughts ( sold )
Everyone knows the feeling, should I stay, or should I go.
Watching Over The Flock
It’s very demoralizing for farmers when they lose sheep to coyotes. They are a real problem for them.
With Poise and Grace
A small study of Kasia.
The Lady In Red
A small study of Aarthi.
The Me You See
A small study of Calum.
Skimming Over The Warm Water
A small study. Going to do a larger one down the road.
Waiting Is Never Easy
Soft Winds and Day Dreams
12 x 16 inches. Drawing water for livestock grazing on the back pasture, away from the barn.
Settler's Lament ( Sold )
There were a great number of Scots that settled in Lanark County Ontario, where I live. You can still see the names on the rusty mailboxes, as you travel down the back roads.
The Lady Of Paris
This was a lady living on the streets of Paris. She was pulling a trolley with all her possessions . I am sure she had a story but no one had the time to listen as everyone rushed by her.
A ptarmigan is from the grouse family living in the Arctic . This is a female in her summer plumage. I design coins for The Royal Canadian Mint and this is the type of work that I have done for them.
Bob and Margaret
Liam my youngest son was up on the hill by the pear tree talking to our two geese. The light was behind him. It was a lovely serene moment in time.
Skates On Chair (sold)
I have a great appreciation of these older chairs. This one being over a hundred years old. The skates are Alexa's grandfathers.
Jimmy Lowe's Chair (sold)
Jimmy was a neighbour whose family has been here in Scotch Corners for generations. He was a real character. He liked a drink and then, there had to be music. He would play one of his five or four memorized tunes. You had to pretend you never heard any of them before when he played, swaying from the high test rye.
Getting Ready for Calum (sold)
As any parent we were pretty excited about having our first born. We managed to purchase this highchair which was handmade. We had a lot of laughs in that chair. Playing airplane with the food . Sometimes the meal would get dumped on his head if things got carried away. All in good fun. Our dog loved it. He would stick like glue beside Calum as he would get anything dripping, dropping or flying in the way of a meal.
Royal Canadian Mint Coins
Adventure Series, Rafting
Adventure Series, Mountain Biking
Adventure Series, Dog Sledding.
Adventure Series, Windsurfing
Adventure Series, Glacier Climbing
This one is really nice. I like it.
This one is the first in a series of four, to be released over the summer of 2016. The little dog in the fireman's arm is our jack russell Polly.
This coin is part of the National Heroes series.
Paramedics / EMT's
Designed this coin as part of the National Heroes Series.
Last in a series National Heroes. I designed this coin for the Royal Canadian Mint.