This page is in support of my application for acceptance to the MFA Intermedia Studies program at the University of Alberta.
A gallery of images in support of some of the images submitted follows. The first image in each gallery is the images submitted.
Bombus Terestris, Gouache, varathane, film and ink on panel, 60cm, 1970
This work illustrates my interest in the circle, as a shape. It’s perfect continuity makes it an excellent reference to my interest in the eternal nature of Being as the central aspect of existence.
Coat of Many Colors, Oil on canvas, 66 x106 cm, 1977
This acrylic work was for one of my senior courses in Painting at the U of A, this work illustrates my interest in religious art and the stories of the Bible. The ballpoint pen and pencil crayon work, Down filled Crucifixion, pictured below, also uses a coat, one that represents the spiritless body of Christ.
Guru Dev, Oil on canvas, 72 x 91 cm, c. 1990
Here is the sketch for the painting.
God Is/God is Dead, Acrylic on canvas and wood / 58 x 23 cm, 2003
I use text, primarily in English, in much of my work.
Nadia and Friend – Acrylic on paper, 42 x 60 cm, 2004
My photograph, used as a source for the work.
Spool in the Water, Digital Photograph, 2008
I wanted to ensure I included at least one photograph in my submission. The photo chosen was taken in Kongsberg, Norway while I was there teaching International Baccalaureate Middle Years Art and Mathematics. More photos from the series are provided and others. I am attracted to the usual in unusual circumstances or items influenced by the passage of time, hence a wire spool caught in a river or an ocean ferry mothballed in a river.
Somewhat of a purist, I look to take photos that need little editing. Still, art has no rules as the two following photos and their edited images illustrate.
Death from A to Z by Adam Lanza Dec. 14, 2012, Fabric, bibs, badges, 254 x 216 cm, 2013
While researching the NRA website in preparation for a piece on the shooting deaths at Sandy Hook School in 2012, I discovered the NRA sold baby bibs. It wasn’t long after I envisioned and fashioned, with help from a master in the media, a quilt with an NRA bib for each of the 26 killed at the school, embroidered with their name, birthdate and a letter of the alphabet for each person.
The video shows me working under the direction of master quiltmaker, Barb Gyobi.
Holocaust Memorial Design, Styrofoam, plaster of Paris, fabric, c. 76 x 76 x 61 cm, 2014
A gallery of images of the model from different angles.
Spirit of Prince George, 2015, Douglas Fir, paint, 1.83 x 109 m, 2014
This gallery explains the details of the work’s carvings.
Photos of the work in creation.
This video documents the beginning of the project in May, 2014.