Paradise is a human face. Failure to celebrate the human face would
be a failure to celebrate variety – a key feature of the humanist
tradition. This is why interpreting a face is such a challenge.
On opposing extremes, a face can be delved into like a research
project or a point from which to leap into aesthetic delirium. I
take the occasional commission, but future portraits will appear
in a series I’m exploring, tentatively titled Stage 500.
of Kam Yu
This is an oil portrait of Evgenia Deichman, a sixteen year old
Russian immigrant who commissioned me to paint her as - The Girl
With The Pearl Ear Ring - by Dutch master Jan Vermeer. Evgenia's
high school history teacher told her she resembled the mysterious
woman with the turban.
Stolen Snails - Centerpiece
This drawing began as a portrait commission, but due to tragic events
I ended up owning the drawing. The events and the drawing inspired
a story called Stolen Snails and the Last Black Apple. The Thunder
Bay Art Gallery purchased this drawing in 2008 during a retrospective
of my work.
Wing Lim was a neighbour of mine on Herald St. in Victoria.
was an artist who painted on silk. His favourite subject was the
He also taught in the Chinese school in Victoria's Chinatown where
he was once the principal.