I am a visual artist living in Vancouver, Canada and working in a wide variety of media.
The art, poetry and photography that you see in my posts and pages are a growing selection of my past and recent work.
Text has played in and out of my own art for many years and I enjoy sharing and exploring the text-based artwork of other artists, past and present. My posts also stroll through a miscellany of subjects: poetic, humorous, food, reflective, art exhibitions and art historical; almost all with an art or text based art bias.
My personal creativity is strongly influenced by the Surrealist concept of Automatism. Intuition, chance, mystery, paradox and magic are the whispered words of my muse.
The process of the act of art enchants me. Mark making, painting and assembling become ritual acts that open doors in me and release the never-ending images of my subconscious.
Each piece I make is a deeply personal journey and each road is filled with laughter, surprise, wonder, frustration, doubt and always the unexpected.
Through my art in recent years I have explored the concept of ‘inner portraits’ and their seeming connections and relationships to the theater, masks, carnival and my ongoing rites of passage.
I am in the process of simplifying the nature of Art Rat Cafe. Previously it tried to be and reflect all of my passions. My paintings, drawings and sculpture will soon be available on a separate site in portfolio / gallery format, clean and concise. I will publish the link as soon as construction is complete. Meanwhile I continue to renovate Art Rat and hope to begin posting again soon.