I am following the dream…
Well, not the one where I am at a cocktail party, surrounded by famous guests, from Van Gogh, Henri Rousseau, Paula Moderson-Becker, Lenora Carrington, Frida Kahlo, Remedios Vara, Dorthea Tanning, Pablo Picasso, Paula Rego to Julio Galan. We are all standing in a beautiful mansion, with no walls or ceiling, talking about how we think most modern conceptual art work is highly over-rated. Suddenly a blank white painting walks by, on 4 dog legs and makes a dogs-leg-right at the buffet table, and heads for the dance floor. As in all party dreams, I lean over and scream “Come on Dover, move Yer Blooming Ass!!” This is followed by a hush, some music from My Fair Lady and an idea for that blank canvas. I cue the overhead camera, assemble all the artists, watch everyone do a few kaleidoscope/Busby Berkeley moves on the dance floor, (I especially like the starfish move). Then wake up.
Wake up to follow my dream of drawing and painting. Something I have done and wanted to do, as soon as my little motor skills allowed. I started by digging clay from the ditch by age 3 (really, just ask my mother), grinding stones into pigment powder at the age of 4. By the age of five I had discovered pencils and crayons and drawing outside the lines (I also dabbled in Particle Wave Theory but was too young to write it down). The many hours spent going through every art book I could put my hands on, drawing and painting on any surface that seemed interesting, eventually led to growing up and doing the art school thing. I graduated with a B.F.A from Emily Carr College of Art and Design in 1992. (One year of which I spent doing Art, with a Capital A, at Memphis College of Art, in Memphis Tennessee, as part of a student exchange program. I had the best art teacher in the world there. Her name is Veda Reed). By 2001, I was asked to volunteer my services to help run an emerging artist gallery, called Columbia Street Studio Gallery in Vancouver. For three years I helped coordinate and curate all the art shows. I also taught drawing classes at the gallery, both structured classes, and informal classes, in addition to private classes. I like to champion anyone who is interested in art.
The art work I have created over the last 15 years can be defined as Narrative with Magical-Surrealism elements. The work ranges from paintings, oil on canvas, as large as 15′ X 8′, to paintings, oil on rusted tin, as small as 6″ x 6″, to drawings in pastel and charcoal (using old window frames to size and to frame them). I believe my insight, charm and humour bubbles up in most of my work. I am drawn to anything Quirky (it is also hard to resist a good pun). To create two-dimensional visual universes, which go beyond the surrealist/subconscious /dream dimensions, is my goal. My travels around the world from Australia, Mexico, Europe, and Africa have enriched my visual language. I endeavor to cross cultural and surrealist boundaries by including the universal narratives found in world religions, legends, myths, archetypes and symbols, into my work. I love a story, or more importantly, the possibility of a story existing in a pictorial space. Cue that blank painting with the 4 dog legs.