Workshops

In my workshops you can expect a relaxed and supportive atmosphere. Students of all levels are welcome — if you’re a beginner, you’ll learn as much from watching the people around you as from me. If you’re looking to deepen your understanding of acrylics, develop a more creative, spontaneous approach or just reinvigorate your practice, these workshops will meet your needs. I’ll do some brief demonstrations to show you how I use layering and acrylic mediums and I’ll show you slides of other artists’ work to stir your imagination. Most of the time you’ll be painting while I move around the room making sure everyone gets the individual attention they need. We’ll end with a group critique where you’ll learn to assess your own work in progress and decide what to do next when you’re working on a painting.

Upcoming Workshops:

Abstracting the Landscape in Acrylics

Learn to simplify a scene to create an abstract landscape on canvas. The emphasis will be on a free and expressive approach, taking inspiration from the abstract landscapes of contemporary artists. You may work from photos, sketches or your imagination. We’ll work in layers, using colour and a variety of acrylic mediums to create vibrant, textured underpaintings.  We’ll overlay these with layers of opaque colour and transparent glazes to bring our abstract landscapes to life. I will provide daily demonstrations and lots of individual attention. Artists of all levels are welcome. 

August 8 – 12, 2022, Haliburton School of Art and Design. Register here

June 8 – 9, 2022, Mallorytown, Ontario. Hosted by the Thousand Islands Fine Art Association

September 10 – 11, 2022, Westport, Ontario. Hosted by the Rideau Lakes Artists Association 

Contemporary Interiors — Breaking all the Rules

In this workshop we’ll talk about using multiple viewpoints, flattening perspective, playing with pattern and colour, scribbling and outlining — all the things a traditional arts education taught us not to do! I will provide daily demonstrations and lots of individual attention. Artists of all levels are welcome. 

November 15th & 22nd, 9:30am – 12:30pm, Online. Hosted by Quest Art School.