Everyone sees things a little differently and some people are more visually oriented then others. As a kid I was always a doodler and bigger art works are really just a bunch of doodles put together. I learned how to draft in school and did a lot of maps as part of my job but painting I basically taught myself. I work in pen and ink, watercolours, pencil crayons, acrylics and oils. Whatever I have handy and that the conditions will allow.
I first came to the NWT and Yellowknife in 1969. I had decided to follow a career in mineral exploration because I like the outdoors, the challenge and life style. In 1974 I became a resident of Yellowknife and opened my own one person contract and consulting business. I would work in mineral exploration for half the year and then spend time painting writing and doing my own thing. As well as art I write a weekly newspaper column called "Tales from the Dump."
For me, art can be a lot more than just pretty pictures. It can be a way to encourage people to see the world in a way that they have not seen before. It can tell stories about life in the bush, or Yellowknife at different stages of development. To me art is an important part of the community in that it gives us a sense of place and who they are and what they are doing. It can have a really profound effect on some people.