Citadel tilt shift

Monday, November 29, 2010

Halifax main drag. 3.5' x 8', acrylic on concave wood panel $4000.00
" a one of a kind true piece of wondefulness that will increase in value as time marches on"


Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Love horns Nov. 2010



How many horns have I made so far? I think these are #56 and #57.
The big target horn makes a sweet small sound by using a sound box technique to contain the loud horn and let the sound trickle out of the bell.
This horn deserves to be in the lobby of a home or business to allow each visitor to announce that they are there, in whatever shape they wish to be in..

Saturday, October 16, 2010

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the same boat horn has finally arrived on the halifax waterfront ..

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

A conceptual sketch for a grant proposal to build an art wall on the grounds of Halifax Citadel High School. The wall considers the Halifax Common, it's history, present and future in the lives of the students and the community. Can the school let us build and install public art on the common land they occupy? Stay in touch to find out!

Sunday, October 3, 2010


The Same Boat Horn. I decided on painting the horn white to avoid toy references and to mimic a classic lighthouse/boat color. When I was building the horn I heard Van Morrison's song into The Mystic, with the lyrics "let your fog horn blow, into the mystic"

Monday, September 20, 2010

Friday, September 17, 2010

Horn in progress


We Twisted the plywood into shape and stuck the smaller end into the round hole cut in the plywood. Then the portholes were cutout and trimmed. How do you like the shape of the horn so far? Photos of actual fog horns show a long slightly tapered horn, like a clarinet, so this horn is trying to mimic that shape as well as look loud, like Gabriels trumpet.
The next trick is the bellows assembly that is the engine that runs the whole structure. And then we have to support the horn up off the ground.......

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Same Boat Horn in progress



Well, this here is the beginning of the Same Boat Horn, a large human powered fog horn to be displayed at this years Nocturne night time art festival. This horn when complete will sit on the boardwalk facing out over the ocean. Visitors can activate the horn by pushing a bellows system I am still working on. What you see is bendable plywood being slowly bent into a cone shape with a lite spray of water at night to let the wood cells reconfigure into the needed shape.

This horn is due in a month so stay tuned and watch it grow...
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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Spring Garden Road Panorama



This acrylic painting is slightly concave and 6ft.x2ft.. The bulk of the painting was done on the central library lawn in Halifax. The birds eye view allows the viewer to enter into the painting while they walk through the city. For reference i used google earth, sketches and photographs, but most of the time it was memory. My mind focuses on a memory of a place, street corner, building and becomes a swollen iconic image in the composition.
The painting is in my studio for 3 coats of glaze, more detail painting and sharpie detail, and will be on display this Monday for a week in the Park lane mall.

Saturday, August 28, 2010



An art dealer in Toronto asked my to recreate one of my early folk paintings for a client. This is 12 inches square and literally jumps out of the frame. It is interesting to forge your own work and teaches me how far I have come.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

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This is a video sketch of the Same Boat Horn. I am building and installing this man powered fog horn on the Halifax Waterfront for Nocturne. Look for it on the south end of the new boardwalk at the bottom of Salter street. The horn is like the bell ontop of the Eco Church, ringing out a call for salvation in a time of percieved trouble from climate change.

Thursday, July 29, 2010


The "same boat horn" sketch for my sculpture to be built and installed on the Halifax waterfront during Nocturne, October 201o. This large box fog horn will allow the public to call out over the ocean waves a message of warning, recue and love.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Tuesday, July 27, 2010


Rocked, 25"x28"

When your beautiful world gets a little shake and the vase almost spills over, thats whats going on here.
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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Nocturne 2010 Proposal


This is the sketch for my 4'x4'x2'x6' high Sea
Level Warning Horn. It is people powered with a large bellows and a horn mechanism and to be a temporary installation on the Halifax Waterfront boardwalk as an instrument of warning and hope. This piece asks the question: what are the effects of Global warming on sea levels and what can we do about it? When Halifax experiences sea level rise, then we become global partners with 600 million other coastal inhabitants who feel the same, and some places more dramatic changes.

Sambro School Fish Fence 2010





Sunday, May 23, 2010

The third annual Love Horn art installation at point Pleasant Park in Halifax. This little box allows art visitors to send a message of love out over the North Atlantic.
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Sunday, April 25, 2010

Mini artist talk

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A short tour of the Grit and Glamour show. My paintings are the expression of my soul.... wild, colorful and wandering through the local landscape.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

The beginings of 5 new Halifax paintings for an upcoming solo show


Halifax #1, work in progress, 31" x 62"

The beginnings of 5 new paintings for a Solo show coming up mid April in a yet to be named elegant white cube space near the corner of grit and glamour.
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Halifax #2, work in progress, 28" x 62"

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Halifax #3, work in progress, 29" x 37" work in progress
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