Wednesday, September 2, 2020


Password 'Freedom'
2016 Fire and Rain art collection
Alberta wildfires and flooding

Wildfire - January 2016, next to Edmonton City Hall's ice rink

Three Trees by the Premiers Office - March 1, 2016
First Day Painting after art ban lifted 
Wood Buffalo Wildfire - Alberta Legislature Art Show and Tell
Fort McMurray - The Beast, 5 PM May 3, 2016
Fort McMurray Surreal - Doors, Jack Bush has anxiety attack
Photo: Honeymoon in Jasper National Park
Jasper Park, excelsior creek wildfire aftermath 

NBC Reporting on the Alberta's Wildfires 
The Great Escape - Fort McMurray Wildfire

Queen Elizabeth Park wildfire 6 weeks later
El-Nino , La-Nina 2016
North Saskatchewan River Rising - Edmonton Queen
(Re-Painted Over)

Fire and Rain Outdoor Old Strathcona Art Show and Tell
Six Painted White Roses I Gave to Friends and Foes
3 paintings of pink and red roses were added and given away
Alberta Legislature Art Show and Tell with 6 white rose
 #AbLeg Former Forestry and Agriculture Minister Oneil Carlier
Supported my first day picketing for freedom of expression 

Alberta Legislature Fire Hydrant
Outdoor Alberta Legislature art show and tell
Fire and Rain - Circles and Squares
I am a man, on guard for thee

On Guard For Thee 

Water and Oil is Life Non Violence, 
November 2016. The (Hon) Jason Kenney
Painted on location while following an anti pipeline protest,
 Sir Winston Churchill Square.

The Crumpling Umbrella

Sunday, May 3, 2020

May 3, 2016 Noon, Anam Kazim, a Calgary #NDP MLA, who won her riding in 2015 by six votes was the first politician to receive my gift of art. A practice painting on #Alberta #wildfires and #Floods from my 2016 Fire and Rain art project. This was my 4th painting since January. Photo taken by a Wildrose MLA. 
May 3, 2016 5PM, I painted "Fort McMurray The Beast" for my 2016 Fire and Rain art project. This art project was originally inspired by the Globe and Mail news story that ran August 26, 2015 'Alberta Air Quality Worse than Beijing and New Delhi' My social art work continues to address the topic climate change and the effects it has on the planet with wildfires and flooding. 

Friday, March 13, 2020

Alberta Air Quality 
Worse than Beijing and New Delhi 
August 26, 2015: Alberta Health Services has issued air quality advisories for areas from the U.S. border north to the Edmonton region because of smoke from wildfires in Washington state. The agency warns even healthy people may experience irritated eyes and throat and possibly shortness of breath. AHS says people with respiratory conditions may notice a worsening of symptoms and that children and the elderly are at higher risk of smoke-related illness. An air quality official says the smoke in the Calgary area is worse than cities with serious pollution problems such as Beijing and New Delhi. Globe and Mail

Password 'Freedom'

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

May 3, 2016 Afternoon - Fort McMurrayThe Beast

Fort McMurray wildfire-The Beast, #5

May 3, 2016 Afternoon : May 3, 2016 Afternoon : As evacuations continued throughout the afternoon I set up my easel next to the TV and began to paint while watching the news unfold on Global TV. I later title it Fort McMurray Wildfire - The Beast. The YouTube I uploaded that night received many views with many thumbs down from my viewers who probably thought I was exploiting the tragedies of the day for financial gain. Later this week the editor of the Edmonton Journal did not take kindly to my YouTube uploaded and shared on their reader comment section of their on-line newspaper. They removed my video and all my comments relating to the wildfires in Fort McMurray. I later cancelled my reader subscription as a result. Later this summer an Edmonton Journal would do a story on the Fire and Rain project that was featured on the front pages of thier print edition. This YouTube has since reversed its thumbs down trend to thumbs up. I was a former employee with the Journal 27 years.

"Your best work, when you do it, will always upset the general public – they're always a few years behind you. - Canadian abstract painter Jack Bush

Monday, January 25, 2016

January 25, 2016 - First Painting by Edmonton City Hall

Artist Log 2016-01-25 Edmonton City Hall: The day was mild enough for me to take advantage of painting outdoors while kick-starting this art project next to the ice rink full of skaters by City Hall. This is where I would begin my year-long art project focusing my canvases and cameras on the wildfires and rains of Alberta. I enjoy painting outdoors and learning from the challenges weather can have on my paints, equipment, spirit, body and soul. I compare this to the years of training leading up to hiking the West Coast trail 3 times as I did in my forties. Things you can't learn in a classroom or from a book but only from life experiences.

First: Fire and Rain Painting
January 25, 2016 #1 Painted by Edmonton City Hall