“It’s not a sin to get knocked down; it’s a sin to stay down” – Carl Brashear

I did this one for a dear friend who has just come out of a rough couple of years. I hope this painting reminds him what he’s made of.

“Calmer Waters and Brighter Skies”

Acrylic on Gallery Canvas


Holiday Beasts

December 29, 2010

This holiday season, it was pretty important to me to let the people in my life (especially the new ones) know how much I appreciate them. Having no budget, just time, I figured the best bet was something home made. Seems as though a lot of my friends have dogs. I thought to myself – I must draw their pups to show them how much I care, yes! *disclaimer: these images were shot on my iphone…quality is poop*

Olive for Pam

Molly for Natalie

Ruby for Keith and Cathy

Maybelline for Sean and Aidan

O-Ren for Kelso

Layla for Lauren

Nice little pet series.

Holiday Warz

December 18, 2010

I can’t seem to stop!!! These fatties are part of a commission – I love them and wish I could keep them! Hopefully the recipient loves them just as much.

Just want to wish everyone a Merry ho- ho….Hope all your holiday shopping is in the can for another year. If not, you may find yourself at the mall in a similar scenario as junco and chickadee here!

A while back, close to 4 years I think, I found myself in a significant rut. I wasn’t producing any art – I worked a of sting minimum wage retail jobs and I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life. I certainly didn’t think I would be where I am right now.

By chance, I met Matthew Scapillati.  Scappy ran a modest company called FINISH STRONG FAMILY and got me working. He put a bunch of my drawings on shirts and skateboards.

Holy shit right!? We would meet for brunch nearly every saturday to talk shop- it was a nice little routine and the making of a really great friendship. It also was an important stepping stone for me, after working with FSF, I opened my first Solo show at OMY.
My first design was a bird, actually most of my designs were! So it doesn’t surprise me, 4 years later, that Scaps asked me to paint him some birds.
They finally made it to him in Vancouver, which means I can FINALLY post them!!!! I’m so pleased with how they turned out.

(Birds landed in good company with Ansel Adams, Sharp Knives and deep thoughts)

(Chickadee – 8×10 Ink and Watercolour on 140 lb cold press)

(Purple Finch – 8×10 Prisma Colour Marker, Ink and Watercolour on 140 lb cold press)

(Magpie – 9×12  Ink and Watercolour on 140 lb cold press)

Thanks Scappy, Enjoy ’em!

Winter’s First Breath

December 7, 2010

Yesterday was Toronto’s first official snow fall..I can’t deny it any longer, winter is here. Boo. On the bright side, yesterday also marked my good friend Matt‘s 32nd birthday.
I whipped this little fella up JUST for him. Happy birthday Matty!  RENNICK RENNICK RENNICK!

Another day, another birdie

December 1, 2010

Blue Birdie
9″x 12″
Watercolour and pen on 140lb cold press paper.


Aubergine Dove

November 29, 2010

Aubergine Dove
9″ x 12″
Watercolour, Prisma Color Markers, Pen on 140 lb Cold Press Paper


Birds are my favorite subject to draw/paint/ render/whatever. I love them. I’ve spent the week working on a bird triptych for a hash man out west. I’m DYING to post them…DYING!!!!!  but I can’t spoil the surprise, even though it hurts my insides to restrain myself. So, once the little birdies have flown the coop, which should be soon, I will post.
I had the best time making those birds, I decided to make more….

This is the chubby  junco! He looks a bit cuckoo, no? Sphere birds are the best!


Watercolour, prisma markers, pen on 140lb Cold Press paper.


Update: That didn’t take long! The junco is SOLD. Off to Finland to roost with the Jon, Raija, Gracie and Bompsi.

Sleeping in the Cold.

November 20, 2010

40″x 60″ Diptych
Acrylic on Gallery Canvas
“Sleeping in the Cold”

One of the things I love most about painting is the tension. Its a lot of pushing and pulling, trying to wrangle an image onto the canvas. Sometimes the paint works for me and other times it fights me, but in the end I always manage to pull it back from the brink of disaster. This painting fought me tooth and nail… but somehow it all worked out and I couldn’t be more satisfied with the end result.

After a good month of work…this guy here is done! It was really important for me to make a really really exceptional piece for Sean and Aidan – they are some of the best people I know and I wanted to do right by them.
Robbie and I went by their place to “install” the paintings (i.e mostly enjoy their company and watch their PVR)
I forgot my camera so this iphoto will have to do….

Looks waaaaaaaaaay better in their bedroom than in my studio.
Hope they love it!

Oh and here’s Maybel (bunny princess) being super cute.

Keeping us guessing

November 16, 2010

An image that has stuck with me is that of the magpie and her locket. I’ve drawn it and been drawn to it so many times… or variations of it, I can only rationalize that it’s significance is pretty important.
When it continually re-emerges in my life, like it does, it gets me thinking about the idea of totems, myth and folk-lore –  I’ve been trying to find a way to convey this idea in new work and then I find myself stuck. Then that bird just shows up, chasing that locket.
It’s got to mean something…. The locket is something pretty personal for me…I know what it embodies for me.  The bird isn’t so clear… and that’s just like the magpie. Keeping us guessing.

So here, again…..My Magpie and her Locket

4″x6″ Oval in Vintage Ornate Metal Frame (The frame measures 5.5″ x 8″ )
Pen and  Prisma colour and watercolour
140 lb Cold Press Water Colour Paper