I began painting in 2014 as a way to help pass the long winter evenings in Alberta. My uncle Geoff Dixon was a painter and I think his work played a roll in inspiring me to take up the hobby. I have also been a photographer for over 40 years and thought it was time to try painting some of many photographs. I took some online lessons through Tim Gagnon Studio and quickly learned some of the basics. I found out that learning the basics was easy; but to combine what you learn into a pleasing composition is difficult. I continue to do his lessons but am at the point now where I also enjoy painting whatever comes to mind or working from my own photographs. I find that the more I paint the more there is to learn. My favourite subjects are landscapes, facades, trees, old buildings and animals but if I had to choose one I would say old farm houses and buildings are my favourite.
I like to paint details in certain paintings and spend quite a few hours looking through a magnifier to get the result I want. I was surprised at last years Art Walk to see some people ask if they could touch my paintings because they wanted to feel the texture. I love painting textures on buildings and making them look as realistic as possible. The Old Porch is a good example of this.
I participated in my first Edmonton Whyte Avenue Art Walk in 2018. I met hundreds of people who liked my style of painting. I was fortunate to sell about 25 paintings and get a couple of commissions as well. I'm not in this to make money. I just enjoy painting and I get a great deal of satisfaction knowing that people like my art and for a relatively small investment can have a piece of artwork in their home.