Barbara Bush Bear
In 2003 Sprung Instant Structures commissioned me to paint a bear to present to Barbara Bush for her visit to Calgary, for the CBE. The painting was patted down by security, as the back of the painting was concealed by paper. Mrs. Bush was an eloquent speaker, and the event was one I’ll never forget.
Artisan Gardens at Bow Ranche
Spear-headed by the late Mitzie Wasyliw and husband Larry, the Artisan Gardens is a fantastic one of a kind outdoor art gallery in Calgary, Alberta. Art is housed in specially designed monoliths, that are sponsored by those interested in creating a legacy. There are still paintings open for sponsorship. Click the link below for more info.
Monolith Photo Jackie Ho, Life Unscripted Photography
The Bow Glacier feeds the lake, and is in turn, the source of the Bow River. Beside Bow Lake sits Num-Ti-Jah Lodge, built by Jimmy Simpson and Carl Rungius, painters themselves. The lodge has hosted many artists over the years, amassing a large collection of art.
” Bow Lake Wellspring of Art” by Jane Lytton Gooch celebrates the paintings inspired by the lake, and as an artist fortunate enough to have painted in residency there, my painting of Blondie is in the book. She was the resident bear there, for many years, her offspring still roam about the area.
This book is an absolute treasure, and so is Num Ti. Cherished are the memories of times spent there with fellow artist and friend W.J. Bradley.
Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies
In 2001, The Whyte Museum of The Canadian Rockies held a show about bears. It was the first time I’d exhibited with them, and the beginning of a fabulous relationship with the Museum. A breakthrough moment, those bears were more in alignment with my style to this day.
That is Charlie Russel in the news clipping.
Solo Show in Conjunction With Major Exhibition
2009 was a big year. The Whyte Museum exhibited a retrospective of Robert Bateman and they offered me a solo show in The Swiss Guides room to run in conjunction with the retrospective. There was an interview for broadcast news and newspaper coverage. I painted my heart out, and filled the room. The Whyte Museum had created a banner advertising my work – it was my first banner.