I am now accepting commissions and orders for 2020. Please contact me through my contact page if you are interested in more information about my custom work.
In 2020, there will be price increases to my custom art commissions, including the pet portraits and the animal art ornaments. Be sure to contact me for information and the new pricing.
I will continue to make a certain number of ornaments in 2020, and expect that the order list for Christmas 2020 will be filled by August, as it was in 2019. So please, order early so you will not be disappointed!
Also please note, that the quality of the images my customers send me to use for references for the portraits and ornaments is very important to my ability to produce a reasonable likeness. Photos need to be clear, in focus, show good colour and files must be at least 200KB. Thanks!
Stop by the Bread Gallery on Sunday afternoon, July 21 at 2 pm for an informal meet the artist event. I will be there to chat about the work and answer any questions folks may have!
Coasts, Cows, Colts opened Friday night on what was the hottest day of the year in Nova Scotia....but the gallery is air conditioned and beautiful. Lots of snacks and wine and friendly faces made it a fun evening. The show is up now until September and the Bread Gallery is open Tuesday to Sunday, 7778 Highway 14 in Brooklyn (or Newport), Hants County.
I will be there a few times over the summer to chat with gallery visitors.
the 4th Annual Sweet Spring Art Show is coming up on the weekend of May 18 and 19. Looking forward to seeing friends and family over that weekend. I have 3 other artists who will be bringing some work to the show, photographer Deneen Newport, potter Lois Golfman and greeting card designer Helen Painter. Studio cat Bobbi North will be on hand to meet his fans. There will be paintings and drawings, surprise bags, and a sale corner. Snacks and coffee too!
The studio is starting to get very busy. This time of year I am working on a variety of fun and interesting projects for customers across Canada. The custom ornaments I make are scattered around the space, in various stages, and orders for these are coming in daily. I started making the ornaments in the late 1980's, a very primitive start to what has evolved into realistic renderings of mostly pets, with the occasional house, vehicle or wild animal thrown in. While I also used to make many other small animal themed items, the ornaments are what remains. I will sketch a line drawing of an animal from your photo, and then use that sketch to draw onto local pine that is planed to about 1/4" thickness. I cut the animals out with a large scroll saw and then sand, prime and paint them to match your pet. Each is individually made and no 2 will be identical. Finish them off with a varnish and attach a hanger and the ornament is ready to go.
Other custom projects include portraits in pastel or acrylic starting at 4 by 4" and the sky is the limit!