2023-09-21 Republished, Painter's Notes September 21, 2021: This was the last painting I did in 2000, before putting away my paintbrushes and stopped painting for the next 13 years. It was in September 2013 that I decided to start painting again, and I have not stopped since. I average painting between 15-25 images a year. It was nice that Premier Jason Kenney asked me today if I could sell my pictures. 'I don't sell them,' I answered; I give them away. You have one, Mister Premier, and he answered 'Yes, I do.' This painting is titled Sarah's Reach; when we started dating, I gave it to her as a gift.
CHAGALL: DAPHNIS & CHLOÉ
Ms. Sarah Marie Elliott, The Bear
2023-05-19, 7 years married, best of friends, 22 years strong!
...we married while umbrellaed by a wildfire smoke canopy
The Day Sarah Proposed Marriage to me, during Leap Year.
Newlyweds Honeymoon, in Jasper, May Long Weekend
Under a Red Umbrella, Jasper was umbrellaed by a wildfire smoke canopy.
With Sarah, another painting underway inside Jasper National Park
The first year in Jasper, we hiked 9k. to the top of Whistlers Mountain.
Painter's notes: Quick Draws on the Trail of Life: Sarah and I hiking with our walking sticks along the outskirts of Jasper National Park. As always I keep a sketch pad handy in my backpack everywhere I go.
2022-10-11, The town of Banff was trending on Twitter tonight. Oh, how my heart longs for the mountain cool air, full moon, starry night, and that warm fire pit behind the Fairmont. They were good times had.
Painter's notes, Christmas 2022, Lenni & Zach, R.I.P.: On a Legislature Tree, A Robin Sang To Me, All My Beloved Ones Were Near... Quick Draw, Christmas, 2021, Kathy, Lenni & Zach via Skype.
Summer Solstice City River Valley Walk, 2022
Next to a river valley tamarack tree, we take the time to remember family members and friends who have moved on from this life.
2022, Solstice Day, Painter's notes: The original tree where we first kissed under in the rain 22 years ago has fallen, decayed and has returned back to earth to make way for a new generation of trees. We selected a new tree as a marker where we went on our first date and kissed in the rain, a rusty tin can wedged between the limbs of a tree. We’ll call this tree the can can tree, named after the first movie we saw together The Moulin Rouge that had a song titled 'the can can can'.