Super Storm Sandy Preparation and Aftermath

Monday night, in preparation for Sandy, I moved the cars out of our parking lot so that they’d be far from our huge spruce trees, brought anything that could possibly be blown away into our shed, and closed and secured the shed doors.

I woke up Tuesday morning at 1:00 AM. The wind was howling and sheets of rain were beating against the windows. Also, no power. In a partially awakened state, I scurried in the dark down the stairs to get a flashlight and then further down the stairs to check the basement sump pump drain. To my relief, there was no rush of water. Notwithstanding, as I laid awake for most of the night concerned about it, I became convinced for the need to get a battery back-up for the sump pump.

In the morning, still no power. Alex, my wife, called Hydro One on her cell phone and was told that the power would be restored by noon. So, it’s off to Mac’s in Markdale to get coffee. As I drove down our lane-way in the pouring rain with our two dogs, Charlie and his daughter Violet who collectively weigh almost 300 pounds, I didn’t notice Alex running after the SUV to tell me the power was restored. However, as I drove down Grey 12 to Markdale, I did wonder why all the farmhouses were lit up.

With the exception of debris here and there, I didn’t notice any substantial damage because of Sandy. When I arrived at Mac’s, it was very clear that I was not the only one in need of a caffeine fixation and we all waited patiently as the store clerk rushed to brew enough coffee to meet our demand.

Needless to say, when I got home with a substantial supply of coffee, I found Alex had long finished hers.

One thing that Sandy did accomplish was to blow every last leaf hanging on any tree. So today, I did some scouting for Fall leaf-off landscape scenes. I’m leaning towards a painting rendition of the photograph below of the Rocky Saugeen River at Grey 12.

Another thing that Sandy has accomplished is day after day of rain and cloud cover. I don’t like photographing my works and works in progress with artificial lighting. So, anxiously awaiting some sunlight I AM.




From a very early age, art has been an important part of my life. Throughout the years however, it has largely been a secondary pursuit of mine giving priority to a diverse career in the public and private sectors. At this point in my life, my passion for art is at the forefront of my activities and I trust will remain so for many years to come.

I primarily paint with oils on stretched canvas with a love for landscape, as well as fish and wildlife themes. Having experienced life on a farm near the top of Beaver Valley for the last twenty years, there’s no lack of subject matter for my works given the beauty, diversity, and richness of the surrounding environment.

My work is meticulously detailed. However, they are by no means reproductions of photographs. Although I often refer to photographs I have taken when painting, it’s to recall my feelings and perception of the particular scene. In executing my work, I accentuate those features of the scene that stimulated my emotions while downplaying the mundane.

At any point in time, I have at least ten to twenty works on the go. Most of these are merely foundation layers. Although they appear very vague to the viewer, I have already completed them in my mind’s eye and merely need to execute what has been vividly etched in my memory. I focus on completing three of those at a time. This approach works well insofar as my technique requires that background layers adequately dry prior to applying successive foreground layers.

Although so many of my works over the years are lost to viewing, being in the hands of private collectors, I have now begun to photograph my works. On this Website, you can follow the progress of works underway, as well as the successive stages of completed works.