Song on the Wind

acrylic on canvas
34″ x 50″


What is it that makes an experience stand out as beautiful and memorable?
Why do some places leave such deep impressions?

This painting is inspired by a specific spot on Gabriola Island where I spent many of my childhood summer days. A place that has offered me a sense of wonder and majesty that still overcomes me every time I return. There is something about this enduring fir tree standing on a sandstone shore that continues to remind me of beauty seen through the eyes of a child.

This is the fourth time I’ve painted this place:

- 2011
Driftwood Sunrise- 2013
Sense of Belonging – 2015
Song on the Wind – 2016

Each time I’ve explored painting the scene in a new way. This time I wanted to revisit an earlier composition but in a new light. I focused on the sandstone shapes and the dramatic colourful sky framing the tree. Looking back and comparing these paintings shows me how I’ve grown and developed as a painter and a person. And yet, something about my motivations and goals has stayed consistent.

Purchasing Original Paintings

Interested in one of my paintings? Let me know which painting you have in mind. Paintings can be picked up, or we can arrange shipping. If you are here on Saltspring Island, I can bring it to you to see how it looks in your space.



Selections of my work are available as giclee prints. They are museum quality, printed with archival inks on archival matte paper. Each print is signed, matted to fit standard sized frames and comes with a certificate of authenticity. See the them in my online shop:



I can create a unique painting designed specifically for you. Inquiries are welcome. We can discuss size, color palette, subject and price. Here are some examples of commissioned works I have done:
“Mother Tree”
“Driftwood Sound”


About the Canvas

I build my own stretcher-frames, and stretch the canvas. The paintings are 1.5″ deep, with the outside edges preserved as clean raw canvas. This method of preparation allows for a frameless presentation.

Constructing Stretcher Frame