Currently, I am finishing off my metal series. I began with 3 paintings of nuts and bolts and called it the Handy Manny Series (at one time). It started as a way to show students how to scale up a drawing and how to paint it, in a step by step manner. As I was teaching this great bunch of high school students at Mennonite Collegiate Institute, I tried to break down my process into comprehensive lessons. I spent a lot of time teaching my son Manny so I was used to thinking in this way. I started off taking photographs of my friend’s metal shop; close up of motorcycles, parts, screws, nuts and engines. I had this vision of all these metal-like paintings filling the walls of his house [since he had bare walls]. I have completed 4.

The above photo shows the third painting in the middle.
The photo above is the 2nd painting in the metal series.

Above is the first painting which I finished and I gave it to my friend, so it hangs permanently in his house. All of them are the same size which is about 36″ x 44 ” . I made them so you can hang them either vertically or horizontally depending on your space.

Above is the “Underground”, the 4th painting in the series which I am in the process of finishing.

This is the inside of my studio. This space is used for various kinds of painting such as murals, abstracts and canvas painting yet allows for change. I like the light from the Victorian window.
Here is a good photo to show you the process of scaling up a drawing. I cut my space up into a grid and transferred the grid to my original photo (best done with a photocopy so you can draw on it). Basically I measured the length and cut it in half and kept doing that to every space. Its much easier than doing it mathematically. Basically I find simple, fast ways that work for me.
Making my space feel romantic.
This is my logo which I designed for Collard Creations when I was in high school. This year I finally made a digital version of it.