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March, April, 2015  I thought it was time I painted some sea life.  Found these beauties in some tidal pools in East Sooke park.  One painting is in acrylic, the other oil.  Do you know which is which?



9 Feb., 2015  Last Poppy.  Another watercolour.  This is fun!

Last Poppy


6 Feb., 2015  Ferns.  Having some fun with watercolour.  I think this medium lends itself well to the soft light in Victoria



9 Jan., 2015  Moss Garden.  This is from a photo taken while hiking near Victoria in December.  Things are amazingly green and crawling with moss.  I could examine these microcosms for hours!

Moss Garden


20 Nov.  I’m happy with the results!  A friend came up with the title “Star Fern”.

Star Fern







31 Oct.  I’ve been back from Montreal for a few weeks now, and have been busy working away on my painting of ferns.  It’s a challenging, but fascinating subject.  I’m nearly done and will post a photo soon.

The Montreal show was a great success.  Thanks to everyone who came out to see the work, talk about art, and enjoy some fantastic live music!


22 August, 2014:  Work on my new painting of ferns will have to go on the back burner while I prepare for my Sept. 13 show in Montreal.  It will be an exhibition of my latest Montreal paintings, held at an intimate Mile End location. I will be there to talk about my work, and  Juno award winning Mike Rud will be there to provide music. Bring a donation of non-perishable food for the Mile End Mission and you can enter “Rue Bernard”; a framed, original watercolour.   Contact me for more details.

Rue Bernard

Rue Bernard

11 August, 2014:  Here is a sneak peak at what I’m working on now.  I’m intrigued by the way the shape of each fern leaf is same shape as each fern frond, and the grid that is created where the fronds overlap.  This is just a small section of the entire painting.

Fern Detail











29 July, 2014:  This painting is my first attempt at portraying some of the plant life near my new home in Victoria, B.C.  It is from a photo I took one day while walking on the Galloping Goose, a popular trail that winds its way through the city and beyond.  It wasn’t until it was finished that I realized how many elements in it remind me of Alberta.  The wild rose can be found across the country, but is Alberta’s provincial flower, and the underlying matrix of grasses hearkens back to the prairies.  I think what gives this image a  West coast flavour, is the softness of the light that bathes the scene, and the sheer density of the vegetation .  I look on this piece as a bridge between the work I did while living in Alberta, and the new work I hope to create here.  I’ve already begun work on my next piece, inspired by the lush undergrowth of ferns and mosses near my campsite at China beach a few weekends ago.

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Wild Rose Tapestry

oil on canvas

28″ x 22″ x 1.5″


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