Multi-Media Artist: Airbrush, Spray Gun, Photography & Video, and Computer Design.
Born in January 1950, the fourth of eight siblings in Ingersoll, Ontario.
1956 - At age six entered a cartoon drawing contest on CFPL, TV London. The drawing was shown on TV and the announcer said I didn’t win, but it was pretty good for a six year old.
1962 - was allowed to leave school two hours early on Fridays to take drawing lessons at the library.
1965-1966 - Built model cars and entered contests. Won Best of Show and First Place.
1967 - Was a Junior Forest Ranger near Cochran, Ontario and my life-long friend Paul McSherry started calling me “Smokey the Bear” and it stuck.
1969-1972 - Attended Fanshawe College School of Design and graduated with a diploma in Environmental Planning. My Thesis was Park Planning.
1972-1979 - Owned and operated Smokey’s Custom Paint Shop. With the help of my brother Donald, and a friend or two, we painted award winning cars, vans, hotrods, and motorcycles. Drivable Art.
1975 - Two airbrush paintings entered in Gallery Stratford Juried Show.
1979 - Started work at St. Thomas Ford Plant. Retired May 31, 2007 with 28.1 years of service. Twenty-five of these years were spent in the Paint Department.
1980 - Solo Art Show at Ingersoll Creative Art Centre - Air Brush Paintings.
2008 - Joined the Potters’ Guild at the Ingersoll Creative Art Centre. Pottery & Photography displayed in several members shows and Studio Tours.
2012 - Became a Member of the Boathouse Gallery at the Art Emporium. “The Art Emporium is a great place.”
I love art and realize you can’t beat nature!
I’ve sold Pottery at:
- Ingersoll Creative Art Centre
- Patina’s Art & Gift Shop, Ingersoll
- St. Thomas-Elgin Public Art Centre
- Museum London
- Pine Croft Pottery, Aylmer
- Marten Art Gallery, Bayfield