Join Date: Apr 2016
Location: Edmonton, Alberta
I posted a recent work in the oil painting forum yesterday and then realized I hadn't introduced my self so here goes...
I enjoyed art in high school but didn't take it any further when I graduated in 1978. I've spent basically all my life working at sea on a variety of different vessels and still work in the offshore oil and gas industry.
After leaving school I more or less forgot about art as life, family and emigrating to Canada all came first.
That changed overnight when at 48 I suffered a major heart attack and while in recovery was told to find something to do to de-stress and slow things down. My wife suggested I have a go at painting, or at least just pick up a pencil again. That was in 2009 and I took my time just doing some sketches and then coloured pencil drawings before doing some watercolours. One Christmas I was given a set of oils and a couple of canvases so I began following along with Bob Ross and thoroughly chilled out placing happy trees and fluffy clouds wherever I wanted.
Things have slowed down in the offshore industry as I'm sure you all know, but the good thing for me is that the last 6 months or so have given me enough time to try something a bit more detailed than simple 30 minute landscapes.
Yesterday I posted a photo of an oil painting of a couple of gondolas and it was well received so I will add a few more to the same forum.
Thanks for reading my waffle, nice to be here.