a traveling artist's life.

lost in the right direction

Sadly COVID 19 has made far away travel nearly impossible in 2020 and into 2021. As a result I am focusing on creating new works, experiment with new series, and delving into longer-term projects such as illustrating the Jax and Jillian comic. In response to cancelled art shows and exhibits I am strengthening my online presence, catering to a lower price point so I can more reliably sell online, which will be my primary market source.

NEW watercolour series - Classic Car Tail Lights.

We own them, modern cars. They are faster, better handling, more reliable, more comfortable, cleaner, safer, more economical. Basically, they’re better in just about every way then those older cars we drove. Still there is just a certain je ne sais quoi about a classic car.

Looking back it was my father in-law's family that turned me onto the classic car experience; it's style, exclusivity and craftsmanship, all of which are universal and timeless. Classic cars not only appeal to car lovers, but also to lovers of engineering, design, art and history.

Back in the day cars were created very much in an analogue world where designers used pencil and paper to create elegant shapes and flowing lines. It is these totally cool retro shapes that inspired me to create this series about the tail lights amazing design, their sense of style and individual flair.

1951 Oldsmobile Rocket 88

It's hard to imagine it when you see it at the local car show but the Olds 88 was also one of the fastest automobiles in America at the dawn of the 1950s, and it was the car to beat in NASCAR racing. The same year, an Olds 88 won the grueling 2000 - mile - plus Carrera Panamericana road race in Mexico. The “Rocket 88” is one of the very earliest rock and roll songs.

1958 Buick Century

The 1958 Buicks hit showrooms across the country in October of 1957 with more “dazzling” chrome then any car before it, which many drivers admired and enjoyed. The 1958 Buick Century Tail Light reminds me of something I might have seen on the British1962 TV show I watch as a Canadian kid, Fireball XL5.

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1955 Ford Thunderbird

The1955 Thunderbird aka Early Bird, Little Bird, Baby Bird. When the ford Thunderbird was introduced it became the choice of Frank Sinatra, Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe. Initially, just three colors were offered on the 1955 Thunderbird: Raven Black, Torch Red, and Thunderbird Blue. My favorite is Thunderbird so pretty it had to be "the colour" in this painting.

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1959 Cadillac Eldorado

No single automotive design better characterizes the late Fifty's flamboyance than the 1959 Cadillac Eldorado with it's "Rocket Age" design trends. When we think of a classic Cadillac we often imagine it in pink. But, the fact of the matter is Cadillac never made a pink 1959 Cadillac. The pink Cadillac myth might have stemmed from Elvis Presley, who owned such a car. But, Elvis’ car is actually a 1955 model that was repainted from blue to pink.

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1959 Pontiac Bonneville

One cool cat. The '59 Bonneville some say is the prettiest car Pontiac ever made, even if it took a whole day to wash it!  The Bonneville (known as the Parisienne in Canada until 1981) was one of the largest Pontiacs ever built and at 5,000 pounds (2,300 kg) were also some of the heaviest cars produced at the time. I just could not resist that 'star' tail light, I had to include this car in the tail light series for sure! 

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