The first painting that I can remember seeing is one that I saw when I was in Grade Seven.A friend came over after school and invited me to hop on my bicycle and ride with him to the art gallery. What a crazy thing to ask but I credit that visit with my lifelong interest in art. When you climb the stairs and walk through the aluminium storefront doors at the Lord Beaverbrook Art Gallery in Fredericton, New Brunswick, the first thing you see is a Salvador Dali painting called ‘Santiago el Grande’ that is 13’ 4” x 10’. That was the defining moment in my life with art.I can still picture the image in my mind some fifty years later.
Since then I have attended UBC in the Bachelor of Fine Arts programme where I studied with Toni Onley, Herb Gilbert, Fred Hertzog, Tom Burrows, Glen Lewis and Roy Kiyooka. I have taken workshops with many other well-known artists and travelled extensively to round out my persona. Formative moments were spent travelling in Europe and visiting many of the most famous of the world’s art galleries.
I have kept a huge number of slides taken over my life to form the core of my image library. Every viewpoint from macro to telephoto has provided interest for my works.
I have worked in watercolour, acrylic and oil originals and silkscreen limited edition prints. I have also sculpted in wood, stone, concrete and ceramic.
Many of my minimal sculptural forms have been influenced by native art, from all continents, which has always been of interest to me. My paintings always try to make the image less important than the emotion.I endeavour to make my feelings such a strong part of the work that the feelings and emotion transfer to the viewer. I always try to take the viewer to a new place or to impart some piece of knowledge that may have been overlooked by the majority of people. To bring about the celebration of some small piece of the world we live in or to take someone’s experience to a new level of awareness is a challenge I gratefully accept.
My work is held in collections in Germany, Sweden, France, England, USA, Mexico, Japan and Canada.
Algonquin Sun 15 x 60 x 3 in. Bronze and Wood
Valley of the Sun 15 x 65 x 3 in. Bronze and Wood
East Meets West 18 x 63.5 x 2 in. Bronze
Raven and Frog, Front Entrance Door 80 x 36 x 2 in. Bronze and Wood
stew turcotte design
Pictograph Chandelier 36 x 45 in. Glass and Stainless Steel
John's Sentinels, Coming Home 36 x 36 in. Acrylic on canvas