In June to July 2017, I took part in a great, global online art show, set up by Cory Huff of the Abundant Artist. I was inspired by many other artists who took part, to create a mini series for the show. What has developed is a series of images of birds local to theRead more about Sun Peaks Mini Series[…]
How I paint an Airbrushed Portrait. It looks so real!? A question which comes up many times, about my airbrushed portrait painting’s, is ‘How do you make it look so real!?’. Well, depending on whether the question is aimed at technique or the actual ability to paint, this can be a tricky question! The introductionRead more about Ten steps to paint an airbrushed portrait[…]
How to book a commission and work with an Artist Get the most out of your commission Unique Art, created just for you is an extra special gift. But how do you work with an Artist? It can be incredibly rewarding and satisfying, especially when the process is smooth and easy! However, if you haveRead more about How to work with an Artist[…]
Complete! My most recent commission is now complete! During the launch weekend of the new Fine Art Experience collaboration with Melanie Dreyer, we took on a lovely client, Nimfa Valenzuela. Her idea was to use the photo shoot with her husband and their son, as an anniversary gift. During the shoot, Mel found that whenRead more about On the easel[…]
Painting Care, how to look after your acrylic painting. So, you have bought or commissioned a wonderful airbrushed painting. It is a beautiful addition to your home, adding a touch of distinction to your room. Only, now how do you keep it pristine? Acrylic painting care is easy when you know how! All of ourRead more about How to care for your painting[…]
LIVE Painting, sharing WiRD Art with You! 2016 saw a courageous step for me, in painting LIVE in front of the Kamloops Public. Thank you so much for those of you who joined us at the Home Show and Wine Festival, it was an absolute pleasure to meet with so many kind people at theRead more about 2016 LIVE Painting events, Kamloops Home Show and Wine Festival.[…]
July 2016 I am so honoured to be able say that WiRD Art has been nominated for an award! Every year the Kamloops Chamber of Commerce recognises the hard work of those in the business community. I am so happy to say that we are up for Small Business of the Year! It was aRead more about Nominations and Awards[…]
My Feelings on modern art. The age old debate as to ‘what is art’ rages on, well, at least that is so in my own interpretation. I once read an article about submissions for the Turner prize. It seems that even a few judges were baffled by some of the modern art entries which haveRead more about My Feelings on modern art.[…]
The Importance of good reference images Reference: noun. Re-fer-rence. -The act of looking at or in something for information. What do you need to do your job well? What are the basic requirements needed to complete your work? One of the main factors required for anyone would be information, either from within your own mindRead more about The Importance of good reference images[…]
Framing your painting! How to frame your new painting. Choosing the right frame for your new painting can be as much of a process as the creation of the painting itself. A good quality frame is the perfect way to finish off your new work of art, helping to enhance the subject, without the frameRead more about How to choose a frame for your painting[…]
In February 2016, a collaboration was formed between Melanie Dreyer of Aria Arts and Photography and WiRD Art. Having met Mel at my weekly BNI meeting I got to know her photography and passion for fine art portraiture. The incredible detail in her images and the quality of light caught my eye. We have teamedRead more about Gaby[…]
Mrs and Mrs Buttuls. I had the pleasure of meeting George many years ago here in Sun Peaks, when he joined my fiance for ski lessons after a hip operation! He first commissioned me to paint a portrait as a gift for his best friend, Karl. Since his first commission George’s wife, Corinna, has wantedRead more about The Buttuls[…]
In February 2016, a new collaboration was launched with local professional photographer Melanie Dreyer, of Aria Arts and Photography. Our idea was to merge the talents of both a photographer and artist, to create a Fine Art Experience. The collaboration was launched at the Kamloops Home show, where we met the wonderful Nimfa Valenzuela. NimfaRead more about The Valenzuela’s[…]
“Corys’ Angels” – Custom Harley Davidson Paint A Full Custom Paint job for a sweet ride. I was approached in 2015 by Mr Cory Friesen to customise the front fender of his Harley. His request was to commemorate his wife getting the all clear after cancer. He has a tattoo designed by her, which heRead more about Cory’s Angels Harley Davidson.[…]
Meet Cash. This wonderful young man has a loving and proud grandfather, by the name of Dan Long. I was commissioned by Dan to create this piece after getting to know him through my weekly BNI meetings. Dan is the owner of Cap It Kamloops and I sincerely appreciate the trust in me, to helpRead more about Cash[…]
This painting was commissioned by Mr Ryan Gentille, as an anniversary gift for his wonderful wife. Meet Julian, who is a little over a year old now. Thank you to Ryan for giving me the opportunity to paint for you, it is an honour to do so.
Here is another of the Christmas 2016 commissions. This pencil drawing was a challenging piece, due to the story behind it. I was commissioned by Mr Randy De Pfyffer, of Black Thumb Landscaping ltd. here in Kamloops, to help him create a gift for his wife. Their Son, Ben, was diagnosed in late 2015 with leukemiaRead more about Brothers[…]
I enjoy the process of every one of my creations, yet this one really spoke to the hearts of both me and Izz. So much so that Izz didn’t want to let it go! This piece was commissioned by Kristen Briede, as a gift for a friend, after they spent some time here in theRead more about Stillness Speaks, Sun Peaks[…]
There is just something so relaxing about painting on a large scale, even more so when the subject is based in, on or around water. This second surf mural was no exception. Having grown up on the ocean and being a surfer myself, this subject is close to my heart. The wave itself is aRead more about Nias Surfing Mural[…]
The search for the perfect wedding protrait image, to capture the beauty and essence of a bride on her wedding day was a long one, until I was lucky enough to be shown this image. Anne’s daughter, Olympian Ellie Terwiel, proudly showed us the original photo, during a visit with the family last summer. TheRead more about The Bride[…]
Eyes have held a deep fascination for me, in my painting and they are always the last part that I paint. I like to save them until last as they are the window to the soul. Some are able to draw you in, make you feel like your layers are being peeled away, revealing yourRead more about Holly[…]
This year I had the absolute pleasure to meet with this pair of happy guys, Stan Bailey and Henry Small, the morning radio duo for 98.3 CIFM. I joined them on air a couple of times, to talk about the creation of this painting. The idea for this piece came about after donating artwork toRead more about Stan and Hank[…]
There are times when creativity can be applied in a different way. I had the popportunity to help a local firm of Lawyers, who’s clients were having difficulty in finding their offices. They approached me to see if I could help them by painting an exterior copy of their logo, to help direct their clients.Read more about Forward Law Entrance Logo[…]
Another cool project completed. This time I was asked to convert an original, plain black Harley Davidson front tin into a striking visual tribute. Cory Friesen, from Grande Cache, AB, saw my art after a Harely Davidson garage event, seeing the posts I had online from the event. His idea was to add a fullRead more about Harley Davidson Fender – Cory Friesen[…]
It was an absolute pleasure to be involved in this project, the plan being a surprise for a young man. I was approached by Joy Reynoldson-Wile of Visual Expressionz interior design, with a transformation of a bedroom, from plain bporing grey to a wild and industrial themed skaters dream! Free reign was given to createRead more about Skater Graffiti themed Mural[…]
Tylwyth Teg (Pron. Tull-ooth tair-g) is the name in Wales for the fairy folk. They are happy, helpful and mischievous! They love to have fun and bring luck to any home which offers a door for them to pass through. Being too small to open our cumbersome doors and too polite to squeeze throughRead more about Allow magic into your life with your own unique Faery Door….[…]
This painting began as a demonstration piece for the BNI group of which I am a member. Some of my fellow members and good friends wished to see how I create the paintings I do, so one meeting I took along my airbrushes to help them see what I do in my studio. I tookRead more about Love and Trust[…]
One of a set of 8 panels which are on display at the Harley Davidson Kamloops location. A hand painted eagle over rusted metal plating. Stainless steel panel, PPG white basecoat with Createx Auto Air detailing and PPG Omni clearcoat.
One of a set of 8 panels which are on display at the Harley Davidson Kamloops location. A treasure map on a dark mahogany wood table. I set the map to be on the northern tip of Vancouver island. Stainless steel panel, PPG white basecoat with Createx Auto Air detailing and PPG Omni clearcoat.
One of a set of 8 panels which are on display at the Harley Davidson Kamloops location. A true fire blue flame design, works beautifully over a black basecoat. Stainless steel panel, PPG white basecoat with Createx Auto Air detailing and PPG Omni clearcoat.
Meet the walker twins! I have never sm,iled so much as when I was painting this canvas. I would catch myself grinning while painting this, their sheer joy just emanated from the canvas and was infectious. To then meet them for real after completing the painting, was an absolute joy, they exude the same amountRead more about Twins[…]
Meet Kim, a wonderful local lawyer in the making. I was approached by her husband, Vic, with a request to create a portrait from a photo that he has carried for over 20 years. The original photo is a passport sized print, slightly scarred and beat up from many years inside a wallet. It wasRead more about Kim[…]
Meet George, our eldest nephew, blessed with some of the largest eyes I have had the joy of looking into. He is an absolute joy to be around. This canvas is an 11×14, painted using my Iwata HP-AH and over reduced createx mid-grey acrylic. Finer detailing was completed by hand. Size: 11×14 Price: $old
Meet Reuben, our youngest nephew and a total bundle of sunshine! One of the happiest little men I have had the pleasure of meeting. Each time we see him, Izzy and I have the immediate though of him being and old soul, he makes us smile to be around him. This canvas is an 11×14,Read more about Reuben[…]
Over the last 20 months, Izzy and I have been blessed with being made Aunt and Uncle to 3 wonderful little men. Seb here is our middle nephew, son to my older brother and Sister in Law, Richard and Libby. Seb is a contemplative, happy boy and a joy to be around. This canvas isRead more about Seb[…]
One of a set of 8 panels which are on display at the Harley Davidson Kamloops location. A carved marble skull for a tombstone? Stone textures are excellent as all over graphics or as a background for other artistic detailing. Stainless steel panel, PPG white basecoat with Createx Auto Air detailing and PPG Omni clearcoat.Read more about Harley Davidson Kamloops Display Panel – Carved Marble[…]
One of a set of 8 panels which are on display at the Harley Davidson Kamloops location. A deep space scene with nebula, moons and galaxies. Excellent as a graphic filler on a bike, car or helmet. Stainless steel panel, PPG black basecoat with Createx Auto Air detailing and PPG Omni clearcoat.
One of a set of 8 panels which are on display at the Harley Davidson Kamloops location. A granite crypt complete with and undead creature emerging from the depths. Stainless steel panel, PPG white basecoat with Createx Auto Air detailing and PPG Omni clearcoat.
Wow, was this helmet ever technical! A superb Nolan N-104 flip visor with internal sun shade. The process for dismantling this helmet before paint was a test of patience and technical ability. There were so many movable parts, hinges, vents and cables that it took half a day to get it documented and the processRead more about The Eh! Team – Iron Butt skid lid[…]
A classic flame with a small twist. The bare metal is ground for the flow of the flames with candy orange and red over the top. The effect leaves movement in the flames when the light catches the texture. PPG basecoat over steel with Createx Auto Air candies, PPG Omni clearcoat and 1 shot striping.
Another Speed ski helmet for a local Sun Peaks speed demon. Joss Advocaat requested a flame set up on his new helmet. The result was some subtle ice blue flames trailing from the visor. The flames are a pearl white base with a candy blue over the top. The paints are Createx Auto Air withRead more about Flamed Speed Ski Helmet[…]
I was approached by a young lad, Elliot Capper, originally from the UK, who’s permanent home is now in Sun Peaks, Canada. He wanted his new aerodynamic speed ski helmet to reflect the countries he loves. The design became a tying together of his old Birtish and new Canadian roots through flying the 2 flags.Read more about British-Canadian Speed Ski Helmet[…]
I am not sure if it comes from living in a deep valley, having moved form the ocean, but I seem to have a fascination with skies and clouds. A trip to Kamloops often affords me a great feeling of space and a near ‘hat full of sky’ as my wonderful partner puts it. FromRead more about Mount Paul[…]
Sun Peaks has some incredible sunsets. For as long as I can remeber I have been mesmerised by the glow of a sunset, and so love the range of skies that living in the mountains can produce. Often the mountain is in shade through the day, then the clouds light up as the sun dipsRead more about Spin Cylce Sunset[…]
Each season in the mountains is incredible, although I think that my favourite one has to be spring time Sun Peaks. After the excitement of the winter snows the warmth and re-birth of spring is a magical time. The creeks flow loud, the birds and deer are back and the green grasses return. Watching theRead more about Sun Peaks Skies[…]
This one is ‘Cloud Factory’, so named as it was a landmark used by my family on the drive from Clearwater to Kamloops. Us kids would keep an eye out for smoky mountian, meaning we were close to the end of our drive. Canvas size is 20 x 40 inches, painted with airbrushed acrylics, completedRead more about The Cloud Factory[…]
This portrait was commissioned by Mr Mario Piva, partner of the accounting firm Tenisci Piva here in Kamloops, as a Christmas gift for his wife Cindy. I come from a family of three boys so it was so much fun to be able to relate to the relationships showing through the reference photos. By allRead more about Three Sisters[…]
In December 2012, Izzy and I welcomed a new arrival into our home, a gorgeous, orange tabby Maine Coon kitten. This little, furry bundle of love is now known as Haruki, a Japanese name which can be translated to clear radiant sunshine or energy. Our little ball of energy causes us much laughter and joyRead more about Our Boy[…]
This Painting won the Peoples Choice Award at the annual Kamloops Arts Council’s Art Exposed Exhibition. How to capture the beauty of the female of the species? A question that has been asked by artists throughout history! Here is one of my attempts and probably will not be the last. Love is an emotion whichRead more about Radiance[…]
Having grown up by the sea and now having re-located to the mountains, this piece was a joy to create. I often miss the hat full of sky and salty smell of the ocean and this painting brought back many memories from summer days on a South wales beach, to lying in a hammock inRead more about Deep Ease[…]