Westport Postcard

It only took me five years, but I finally got around to illustrating a vintage-style postcard for my village of Westport, Ontario. Ever since I moved here I have had the idea to create one of these for the village but work kept getting in the way. Then, a year ago, the village tore up the old basketball court in the park as part of the village’s park rejuvenation project. The plan was to build a new one, but we would need to raise funds through community projects and initiatives to make it happen. I decided to finally get to work on this postcard in order to donate all proceeds from the sales from postcards and prints towards the basketball court. Once that project is complete I will continue to donate the sales towards helping to keep the park maintained.

If you would like some postcards or a print, please visit my shop.

2012

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Another year draws to a close (pun intended) and it was a great one! I worked on a lot of fun assignments this year and with fantastic art directors. Thank you for reading my blog over past year.

In 2012 I met some illustration goals of mine, met some awesome illustrators at ICON 7 in Providence, joined a great group of friends/illustrators at IlloConfidential, had a lot of fun drawing maps, and drew a ton of portraits. I’ve included just a few of my favorite pieces from the last year in the image above, some of which you haven’t seen yet that I will be showing on the blog in the next few weeks.

I’m looking forward to what 2013 will bring. There are already a lot of changes in store that I can’t wait to share with you. Thanks for reading!

Honeymoon

Chantal and I are off on our honeymoon to the coast of Maine and up to New Brunswick. We’ll be back in Sudbury on August 18th. Hopefully I’ll have a good batch of sketches and photos to share. I’m really looking forward to seeing some Andrew Wyeth museums and visiting Christina Olson’s house in Cushing, Maine.

Hope you’re all enjoying your summer!

Heart of Coral

Water Tower Art Exhibition

I’m a fan of water towers of all types, all shapes and sizes and colors and uses. I loved living in Brooklyn and walking around and seeing some of my favorite rooftop towers everyday. When I moved to Sudbury I knew there wouldn’t be the classic New York style water tanks, but instead I set my sights on the two water towers in downtown Sudbury that served the city for over 40 years. Each tower sits on top of the highest elevated points downtown about a mile apart from each other.

Pine Street Water Tower, Sudbury, Ontario

Both towers are painted with Sudbury’s name and make for great welcome signs to the city. They also have great shapes and long legs, but they’ve both suffered from neglect and infrequent restoration. Because of that, both towers were slated for demolition as early as this spring.

I knew that if the towers were destroyed I’d be pretty disappointed and it would be a real shame, as the towers should be considered heritage structures here. So I decided to collect artwork from local artists and water tower lovers alike depicting the towers in all their glory. For a couple of months I collected digital images and posted them on a website, and then put together an official call for submissions that culminated in an art show exhibiting over 100 paintings, photographs and illustrations of the towers from over 75 artists.

Here are some photos of the event that local photographer, Conte, took during the opening (first 5 photos) and some photos that Chantal took (last 5 photos). It was a great show with a great turnout and delicious cheese.

If you live in Sudbury and want to visit the exhibit you have until April 28th to view the work. The show is up at the Fromagerie Elgin in downtown Sudbury.  The show comes down on April 29th.