A Rambling Dream…

I had a dream last night involving weird happenings as our way of life went further into chaos.  People driving upside-down buses?!?  Anyway, the upheaval we are currently experiencing now was further amplified, and indeed in the dream, everything was much stranger.  Oddly enough, despite the upside-down bus incident in my dream, it wasn’t actually a nightmare.

The Covid pandemic has uncovered atrocities in our healthcare systems that are starting to spark changes.

Black people have been treated atrociously and the Black Lives Matter movement is starting to spark changes.

The horrid acts against our Native Peoples and all of our Peoples of Colour is causing outrage and is sparking changes.

The blatant lack of concern for our environment is causing outrage which is sparking changes.

The disregard for animals in our food supply is causing outrage which is sparking changes.

The blatant disregard for peoples’ wellbeing by our governments and big Pharma, big corporations, and big everything is causing outrage which is sparking changes.

The insatiable desire for more, for having the right to treat people like crap, and for having the right to disregard human decency is causing outrage which is sparking changes.

Being complacent in having racist, sexist, hateful, homophobic thoughts and actions is causing outrage which is sparking changes.

Everything shitty that privileged and power-hungry people are doing to hurt others and to hurt the environment is causing outrage which is sparking changes.

So much outrage!  It seems like a nightmare, but what keeps it from being a nightmare is the wee spark of hope that all this upheaval, as tragic and painful as it is and will continue to be, will bring lasting changes as we continue to look closer into our own hearts, our organizations, our businesses, and our governments.  Things get dicey for everyone, for a long time, but we are all forced by circumstances to reflect, feel compassion, and act upon making better decisions that lead to a better world for everyone…  EVERYONE…  every person, culture, species, race, country, gender, sexual orientation, age, color, religion, weirdness, etc.  EVERYONE.

I’m thinking my dream of upheaval and outrage is already a reality.  More than I know.  But I hold on to the optimistic hope that as a result, our world and ourselves will change for the better.  Perhaps we all need to figure out how to drive buses upside-down…. or at least how to make changes that seem impossible… POSSIBLE.

I have a lot of self-reflection to do and I’m wondering how I can reflect any of this in my art and actions.  At least for now, I will continue to create and share art that expresses my sense of positivity and harmony.

Here are three recent paintings that I hope are imbued with positivity, harmony, and love….



Exuberant Elativity
16 x 16  Acrylic on Canvas  2020

This painting is about the elation and exuberant happiness that bubbles up as a result of unconditional love.

Exuberant Elativity


Clarified Chaos
16 x 20  Acrylic on Canvas  2020

This painting is about the joy of thriving in chaotic environment because you know where everything is.

Clarified Chaos


Cerebral Memory Echo
24 x 30  Acrylic on Canvas  2020

This painting is a representation of a place where all things harmoniously flow together
with connectedness and free, loving expression.

Cerebral Memory Echo

Time for some Fresh Frivolous Fun!

It’s been a such a long time since posting, you may wonder what I’ve been up to and if indeed I’m still painting?!?

I’m very happy to announce that YESSSS!  I’ve been painting like a maniac!  So much so that my painting arm is not very happy with me lately.  While I refuse to stop painting, I am working on bringing a better balance to the physicality to my painting, thus giving my poor sore arm some relief.

I have created an entire collection entitled “Industrial Captivation” which is about the industrial scenes that I have come to love since I moved to Hamilton nearly two years ago.  Coming Soon!!! I will be sharing the entire collection next week.
Please stay tuned!

In the meantime, as we’re approaching the hopefully happier warmer months, I’d like to share some of my happiest recent abstract paintings,  just for a joyful, colourful distraction.

Frothing Festive Frivil-Flow

Frothing Festive Frivil-Flow” is yet another painting based on a page of random and experimental paint marks.  It’s not too big, the measurements are 36 by 24 inches.  It was such a fun piece to paint, I can’t help but think of it as an embodiment of pure joy.
It can be yours for $1600.00 CAD.


Wrangle Jangle

Wrangle Jangle” was created spontaneously as a study in colour and form.  This little study, at a mere 9 by 12 inches, turned out to be a perfect X-mas gift, so it’s no longer available, but…  I may decide to re-visit this composition on a much larger canvas, as it seems to want to be as big as its colourful attitude.


Loosely Structured Matrix

Loosely Structured Matrix” is a small 8 by 10 inch panel that is covered with a mosaic of dried acrylic tiles that I peeled up from my palettes over the past several months.  The black ‘grout’ lines are loosely stylized, uniting all the colourful tiles into a fun pop of colour!  This piece also turned out to be a very nice gift, but since I can’t seem to let go of collecting tiles from my dried palettes, I’m certain I’ll be making more pieces like this, especially since it is so much fun!



I am thoroughly enjoying getting back to doing abstract pieces, and will likely focus more on abstract painting, even as I sneak in a few more paintings into my “Industrial Captivation” collection, which I’ll be sharing soon!



New Hoosmaller copy

Purple Beginnings

It’s a new year, and now is the time to boldly reinvent your surroundings!
For a fresh pop of purple to start your year, check out this recent trio fresh from my studio!

Purple Lyric 1

Purple Lyric 1
18 x 18  Acrylic on Canvas  2018  $350.00

Purple Lyric 2

Purple Lyric 2
18 x 18  Acrylic on Canvas  2018  $350.00

Purple Lyric 3 (small)
Purple Lyric 3 (smaller)

Purple Lyric 3 (smaller)
16 x 16  Acrylic on Canvas  2018  $300.00


Special Deal for all 3 “Purple Lyric” Paintings:
Purple Lyric 1 plus Purple Lyric 2 plus Purple Lyric 3 (smaller) = All 3 for $900.00
You save $100.00 when you purchase all 3!


Wishing Everyone a Happy and Prosperous New Year!!!



New Hoosmaller copy

Art District Gallery Welcomes Diana Erb!

The Art District Gallery is pleased to welcome Diana Erb as our newest member with a flair for abstract expression!  Don’t miss the chance to come out to our next opening reception to welcome Diana and experience the creative vibe of all of ADG’s artists!

Art makes a wonderful Easter gift too – we have a whole wall of smaller pieces that will fit into your Easter basket… and Woo Hoo!…. no calories!ADG_APRIL-14_2017_POSTER_WEB

Subconscious Projections of Harmony

The images below represent paintings that are currently on display at the Art District Gallery in St. Jacobs (1369 King. St., N.)  www.ArtDistrictGallery.org  At the recent opening reception at ADG, I had the wonderful opportunity to share my interpretations of the meanings inherent in the paintings, which I had never put into words previously.  Now that I have, I figured that it’s time to share!

Abstract paintings are my favourite!  Often, in my abstract work, the forms evolve into what I call “shape characters”.  In my mind, these forms represent subconscious thoughts.  My mission in art is to create paintings that add positivity to any environment, thus, these shape characters all have the common goal of co-existing in harmony.


Renaissansical Generation Jam
Renaissansical Generation Jam

In Renaissansical Generation Jam, the forms are congregating in order to share ideas to solve a problem.  All are attentive, giving full mindfulness as each idea is presented and explored.  Some of the ideas are red, indicating that the ideas have matured.  One idea is green, and still is being developed and nurtured.  Only one idea is considered by the group at a time.



The Learning Curves
The Learning Curves

In The Learning Curves, there are two classes of forms, the larger verticals, and the smaller squiggly reds.  All forms are working in harmony to reach a common destination, and the relationship between the verticals and the reds is symbiotic and flourishing.



Happy Huddle
Happy Huddle

In Happy Huddle, all of the forms are yellow. Only five of the forms have some red individuality rings, because the forms know and love each other so well, that they can perceive and appreciate each other’s uniqueness.  And all the happy goodness bubbles up and collects above them and spreads the love to all.



Happosition Harmony
Happosition Harmony

In Happosition Harmony, the forms represent two opposing factions that are coming together to resolve their differences.  There is some tension in the situation, but overriding that tension is calmness, and the ability to understand the opposition’s point of view.



Relearning Gravitational Resistance
Relearning Gravitational Resistance

In Relearning Gravitational Resistance, the forms have created a sort of floating nursery, because sometimes we all need to remember how to let go, relax, and just float.  The beginners are in the safe floating tubs at the bottom of the picture plane, and the more advanced are floating higher, with some nurturing assistance. Ahhhh…

For more information on these paintings, please see my Available Pure Abstracts page!
These five pieces will be on display at Art District Gallery until March 22nd, 2017.