Wednesday, December 4, 2013

The Robert McLaughlin Gallery.

It is with great pleasure that I'd like to announce that my painting "On The Stairs" has been acquired by The Robert McLaughlin Gallery for their Permanent Collection. Not only am I honoured to have a work in a Public Gallery, this beautiful gallery is located in my home town of Oshawa, Ontario. 

Also, I will be the gallery's Artist in Residence this winter. On Saturday January 11th from 1-3 pm, I will be giving an artist talk which is open to the public. 

I will be teaching a figurative painting class in acrylic paint at the gallery as well, the sessions run one evening a week for two hours from January 16 to March 6th, 2014. click here is you would like to sign up!

A special thanks goes out to my beautifully talented model Dearbhail Bracken-Roche, and to my dear friend Jacquie Severs who brought my work to the attention of the gallery. To be recognized in my home town by the Robert McLaughin Gallery, where I spent many hours in my youth exploring their collection warms my heart and inspires me beyond words. I'd also like to thank CEO Gabrielle Peacock, Senior Curator Linda Jansma, the Acquisition Committee and the Board members who made this possible. 

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Portrait Drawing Workshops in April

     After several recent requests, I have decided to host a series of portrait drawing workshops in my studio in Toronto. There will be two different sessions available, Portrait Drawing from the Model, and Portrait Drawing from the Photograph.

 The workshops will take place over each weekend in April. On Friday evening from 7-10pm, there will be a brief lecture followed by a demonstration. On Saturday and Sunday from 12-6 pm I will work carefully with each participant as they learn to create a solid yet expressive portrait drawing.

    The Portrait Drawing from the Model workshop is available either April 5th, 6th and 7th, or April 19th, 20th, and 21st, 2013. These sessions will cover all necessary aspects of drawing, from blocking in to portrait, to different rendering techniques that will bring a lifelike quality to your work. The participant can choose to create a series of drawings or focus on one work.

    The Portrait Drawing from the Photograph workshops is available either April 12th, 13th, and 14th, or April 26th, 27th and 28th, 2013. These sessions will cover many of the same principles, but with special attention paid to the challenges of working from photographs, including which areas to focus your abilities on and which to simplify. A selection of photographs will be available for you to work from, and I will be covering simple ways to take stronger photographs to aid you in your future works. The workshops are available for $350 for one weekend, or $500 if you decide to participate in both the Drawing from the Model and Drawing from the Photograph sessions.

    There are limited spaces available, so simply choose which weekend works best and contact me as soon as possible to solidify your position.