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Daffodils with barn swallow and rusty-patched bumble bee



oil on canvas, 12×12″

When I was growing up, these swallows used to be a common sight swooping over fields and nesting under the eves of rural farm outbuildings. The birds are now on Ontario’s “threatened species” list. The Rusty- Patched bumble bee, is, likewise listed as “endangered”.

I’m including these beautiful creatures in my paintings to, hopefully, join in the global effort to bring attention to the importance of biodiversity and to our part in preserving it.

Tomorrow, May 22, is The International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB)Here’s a link more information.

Here’s a link to the now endangered Ontario’s Rusty- Patched Bees

and a link to the government of Ontario’s strategy for the recovery of  Barn Swallows. 

Painting available at Arts on Queen in Toronto

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2 new upcoming classes at The Baxter

IMG_E1361I’m offering two new classes this Spring at The Baxter Centre:

Mentoring for Painters and Oil for Beginners

For more information about the classes and to register, please  click here

For more information on The Baxter Centre please click here

scarlet tanager and forget-me-not


oil on canvas, 12×12



teaching demo



A demo from my painting mentoring class, Friday mornings at the Baxter Centre.


time to sign up!

Studio Mentoring Friday mornings 10:00am-1:00pm register here

Master copy  Friday afternoons 2:00pm-5:00pm  register here.

Join me for one or both of these new painting classes at the Baxter Centre on Fridays, March 22, 29 and April 5.

after sargent

oil sketch after Sargent.




quick at the baxter


Flower and bird market, Paris


8×10 ” oil on cradled panel.

available at Arts on Queen, Toronto


11th hour at the Artisan Collective Marketplace


Today from 10am-5:00pm. Lots of lovely handmade goods for sale from wonderful, local makers.

more studio sketches available




Various smalls are available now until the 25th at the Artisans Collective Marketplace

winter afternoon in the kitchen (child)- sold

little bird

avocado on the windowsill



studio sale tomorrow, Sat. Dec 15


Lots of small oils available and little birds too, like this one (5×7″ on masonite panel).

Plus a box of studio oil sketches will be for sale.

10am-4pm at the artisan collective marketplace in Belleville.

Please drop by to say hello if you find yourself nearby!