Welcome to Cavan Art Gallery

I was born in London, England in 1953. Throughout childhood I was exceptionally gifted in art. My talent was recognized and encouraged by teacher, now world-renowned wildlife artist and environmentalist, Robert Bateman. I live in the Ottawa Valley, Ontario, Canada. For 40 years I have lived close to nature - I was a part of the back to the land movement and raised my family in a self-sufficient lifestyle. On returning to my painting I have been developing a body of work I call Algonquin Wilderness. My approach to painting involves hands-on adventure in Algonquin, Ontario's oldest provincial park and one of the largest wilderness destinations in Canada. I travel by canoe or boat, hike and camp. I paint plein air (in any season), take photographs and sketch, constantly exploring light, form and color through my wilderness treks. The reference material that I have documented in the field is brought back to the studio where my larger pieces are created. I have always thought it was my destiny to be an artist, but I also continue to live my life as an advocate for nature. It is my aspiration to convey my vision of our natural world and its beauty and in doing so to inspire humanity to respect nature and be stewards of our wilderness and wildlife habitats.