Born in England, I’ve lived on Vancouver Island most of my life. I’ve been a professional potter for over 30 years, working mainly in stoneware and porcelain. Mostly wheel-thrown, many of my pots are fired in a gas kiln to achieve the copper reds, celadons and other beautiful reduction glazes I love. Lately I’ve been experimenting with saggar firing, which involves firing the pieces in a container with weeds and other materials to produce lovely random markings.
Although technically “self-taught”, I did take wheel-throwing lessons in the beginning, and since then I’ve been fortunate to have attended many valuable workshops with outstanding potters from all over the world, and have taken courses in various subjects including portrait sculpture.
About 10 years ago I began learning to paint in an effort to find a creative outlet that was not so physically demanding. In the process I’ve learned a great deal of art theory, history, and design. Oil on canvas has been my favourite painting medium; the sensuous feel of the paint coming off the brush onto the canvas, the way the paint smells, the look of the thick oil paint building up on the surface, all feel right. But lately I’ve been exploring acrylics, which to me seem to be a more playful and adventurous medium.
Recent exhibitions include a retrospective “Memories” at the Cowichan Valley Arts Council centre Portals which also featured some of my paintings. My work has been accepted into the Sooke Fine Arts Show in the past and I usually have pottery entries in the Cowichan Valley Fine Arts Show and other events held by CVAC.
I have a studio and gallery in my home and visitors are welcome by appointment.
I feel incredibly lucky to be an artist. There are always new ideas, new paths to travel along, and there are never enough hours in the day to explore them.
The Cowichan Valley Regional District is a broad geographic region stretching from the Malahat to North Oyster and from the Cowichan Lake to Thetis Island.
The region's artists are represented by 5 sub-regional arts councils with support from the CVRD Arts and Culture Division