After working as an exploration geologist for over 20 years, I retired and took up painting. It started with an “Arts Combo” class through the City of Calgary Recreation. From there I took “Acrylic Painting Basics”, also through the City of Calgary. Since those classes I have been mostly self taught using the internet and books. I also joined a couple of painting groups and that has helped improve my technique and composition as well as provide motivation. They are also just a lot of fun. I particularly enjoy painting nature; especially rocks and birds. I have had a passion for rocks all of my life and this is just another way to express my love of geology: my geology pencil crayons were replaced by paintbrushes and acrylic paints. As much as I loved my career, this is great fun too. I usually paint from photographs taken while travelling, hiking, biking or cross-country skiing.
I don’t have a fancy painting studio – in fact when we had house renovations a few years ago I just enlarged our laundry room and it is now a combo: laundry room/painting studio/filing and printer room. It is small and cozy and has a great window for natural light. I also have a TV there, and while I paint, I catch up on old TV shows.