Paris On the Horizon

November 25, 2012

Paris, France, is now on my horizon.

My painting was shipped to Paris today and will arrive early next week. A few days from now I will follow. Our destination in Paris is the Salon 2012 held by the historic Societe Nationale des Beaux-arts in Le Carrousel du Louvre, December 13 to 16, 2012.

Did this last year too. I participated in Salon 2011 with a painting of a glacier shoreline location in Antarctica: the colours were blues and white. The painting was selected through the SNBA jury process.

This year, the SNBA jury selected a canvas predominantly in reds with whites and a splash of green. Very excited for this to be in Paris at Salon 2012: in creation, the image sourced from a place I’ve been but haven’t seen. Want to guess the title from the photo?

A good friend, artist Denise Buisman Pilger, in Montreal, filmed a super video of Salon 2011: includes great views outside the Louvre building, the Pyramid, the Carrousel du Louve and an excellent tour along some of the aisles in the exhibition hall. My painting makes an appearance in the video too. See if you can spot it “” alt=””>

Paris in December is windy, damp and chilly. This didn’t hamper my spirits at Salon 2011 and I know my spirits will be running warm and high for Salon 2012. Just pack for the weather and enjoy every minute.

Watch for updates from Paris and Salon 2012!

The Thrills of Paris

January 23, 2012

Imagine a first time visit to Paris, France. Next imagine walking historic streets, visiting fabulous museums, and then there’s more: imagine you are an artist and you have a painting exhibited in the Carrousel du Louvre. Goose bumps? For this Calgary artist? Yes!!!

France’s historic Societe Nationale des Beaux-Arts (SNBA) juried and selected my painting “Antarctica Shoreline” for the Salon 2011 held in December. Last May, I was riding a train enroute to Venice, Italy, when I received an email inviting me to submit work to be juried by the SNBA in Paris for their Salon 2011. I’m sure I read the email message five times before truly relating to the reality of it. A few weeks after I submitted work the SNBA confirmed the jury did accept a painting for the Salon 2011: as a Calgary artist, I would be a member of a Canadian delegation of painters and sculptors (the only one from Western Canada!) participating in this prestigous international exhibition.

There are two thrills in this. The first being participation in the SNBA Salon 2011 is a lovely honour I will forever cherish. The second is I’m self-taught and in this I’ve taken my paintings from a place of early exploration in my old basement studio to an international exhibition in Paris, France.  

Paris is wonderful. The Salon 2011 marvelous. Now, I’m now back in my studio preparing for a number of international events in 2012.


I’m soon travelling to Paris where I’m a Canadian delegate at an international art exhibition of paintings and sculpture: the prestigious Salon 2011 de la Societe Nationale des Beaux-Arts (SNBA).

“Antarctica Shoreline” is a juried selection by the SNBA to be displayed at the Carrousel du Louvre in Paris, France, from December 7th to December 11th. Needless to say I’m honoured to be a delegate and very pleased the SNBA jury chose a work from the Antarctica series.


Following the exhibition in Paris, I travel to Florence, Italy, with paintings for another international exhibition: “Symphony of Colors” from December 10th to 17th. This too feels an honour.


Hostile, simply not habitable: “harsh” in itself being an understatement. Yet so prescious to the earth and to life. This coastline seems like no other I’ve ever  witnessed. When I first saw this place I was lost for words at the spectre of imagining how one, as a single human, might fathom the mere existance of such ice and vastness. Then, within it all, as I gazed out through the blue clear air toward these dense frozen sculptures, elements of attachment slowly seeped into my being as though I was existing with them.

“Antarctic Shoreline” is a real place on the coast of the Antarctica Peninsula. I’ve been there and I’ve seen it ( during the summer season). This is a snapshot really: the ice constantly changes in sync with glacial flows. At times the metamorphosis is stark as vast sections break away and plunge into the ocean.

“Antartica Shoreline” will be exhibited in Paris, France, in December 2011 at the Salon SNBA 2011 (Societe Nationale des Beaux Arts)to be held in the Carrousel du Louvre.

“Concert In Blue”

May 26, 2010

In Antarctica you sense the earth is consolidating into a hugely quiet place of beginnings. Sequestered. Motionless. Colossal too, like a vision of endless skyline skyscrapers, yet immense hush,  like someone pulled the plug on the traffic. Then watching the landscape you listen with all your being to see the music. “Concert in Blue” found me this way. Gentle at first but then deeply connective and wildly compelling before relinquishing to the winds.

“Concert in Blue”  shares a glimpse of Antarctica and for me the emotions of seeing it.  The canvas is 30″x40″

“Antarctica Shoreline”

February 26, 2010

I had an opportunity to visit the Antarctica Peninsula coasline a while back. Totally incredible. Massive. Humbling. Much more then I expected. So dark yet filled with light: visually simple yet powerfully and physically complex. At times the ice and land shapes made the sky seem small.

The canvas for “Antarctica Shoreline” is  24″x30″. I’ve painted twelve canvases of Antarctica shorline perspectives that will soon be presented in a solo exhibition at the Gallerie Gora in Montreal starting April 13, 2010.