Friday, 21 June 2019

Roy Romanow, Chancellor of the University of Saskatchewan

Roy Romanow, Chancellor of the University of Saskatchewan
oil on Belgian linen, 50 x 40"

On June 14, 2019, I attended the unveiling of my recent portrait commission. Roy Romanow was a delight to paint. Here we are, blocking the view, moments after the unveiling:

And here is Chancellor Romanow with the small sketch I painted before I made the larger version:

Behind the chancellor, in the portrait, is a wall of Tyndall Stone, which is used throughout the University of Saskatchewan campus.  I love the soft contrast between the limestone base and the fossils that appear throughout it. It makes quite a characteristic backdrop for my subject.

Thursday, 14 February 2019

These are two commissions I painted last winter.

oil on panel
12 x 8"

oil on panel
12 x 8"
In September, 2018, I had a mastectomy to treat breast cancer. While I was recovering from the surgery, I painted a self-portrait. This is a detail. The full painting may be seen on my website.

Self-Portrait with Tarnished Jug (detail)
egg tempera on panel
24 x 16"

Wednesday, 19 December 2018

Emily in Two T-shirts
egg tempera on Claybord
14 x 11"

Friday, 1 June 2018

Last fall I received a commission from the RP (Royal Society of Portrait Painters) in the UK: a portrait of Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chrystia Freeland, for Rhodes House in Oxford. The portrait is now hanging above the Head Table in Milner Hall, alongside Nelson Mandela, Cecil Rhodes, and the Second Century founders. I am delighted and honoured to share these photos of the painting as I photographed it, and as it now looks in its frame at Rhodes House.

The Honourable Chrystia Freeland
Minister of Foreign Affairs
oil on Belgian linen, 40 x 30"

The Honourable Chrystia Freeland
Minister of Foreign Affairs (detail)

The portrait hanging at Rhodes House

Milner Hall, Rhodes House, Oxford, UK

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Kingston Prize, People's Choice Award

I am thrilled that The Bookseller (see my post from February 3, 2017) has won the $1,000 People's Choice Award at the first of three exhibitions of the Kingston Prize, Canada's national portrait competition. The show closed last week in Gananoque and will reopen on November 4 at the Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives in Brampton, Ontario.  The show will close there on January 8, 2018.

The Kingston Prize will then move to Artport Gallery,  Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, on February 2, 2018, where it will be on display until April 22.

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

The RP

I'm delighted to have had two works selected for the Royal Society of Portrait Painters' Annual Exhibition 2017 at the Mall Galleries in London, UK. They are Reliquary: Five Members of the International Midnight Painters' Society and The Four of Us (see my previous posts). To read more about the RP, please click here.

I'm extremely grateful to my friends and colleagues for their continued and enthusiastic support.