Rare Beasts Exhibition at Fairbairn House

Saturday, June 22, 2019, was the official launch of the Rare Beasts exhibition at the lovely Fairbairn House Heritage Centre in the town of Wakefield, Quebec. The Beasts will be on display in the main building until October 2019. Fairbairn House is open daily until August 18th from 9 am – 5 pm, and then weekends only until October 13th. More information is available here.

Fairbairn House, 45 Chemin Wakefield Heights, Wakefield QC. Photo by the artist.


Photo by Pam Heath of Heritage Livestock Canada


Beasts on display. Photo by Pam Heath of Heritage Livestock Canada


Wakefield, Quebec, is a little town tucked into a valley on the Gatineau River. Although I have been to Ottawa plenty of times, I had never been up north to the Outaouais Hills before.  I was surprised by the rugged, picturesque landscape of deep-green forested hills, rushing rivers, and granite cliffs. I was only able to stay for a short time, but I hope to go back to explore some more as there was no shortage of inspiration.


Covered Bridge, Wakefield, QC. Photo by the artist.

And while we are on the topic of Rare Beasts, I have recently been getting into linocut printmaking and thought a good project would be to produce a small series of Rare Beast-related original, hand-made prints. The first one is the Clydesdale Horse, a limited, signed and numbered edition of 15 prints on white Printmaster paper. The image size is 8 inches by 5 inches. $15 each print plus shipping. Let me know if you want one!

Clydesdale Horse linocut 8 x 5

Cards and Prints on Fine Art America

Just recently I have begun uploading images to Fine Art America in order to offer them as inexpensive cards and prints. I thought that it might give would-be art collectors the opportunity to test out my work at a lower cost than buying an original.

So, out of curiosity, I ordered a bunch of cards off the site for my own use as I was curious to see if the ease of purchase and quality of the reproductions would be good as I had heard they are. Well, guess what? I’m happy to report that the printing quality is excellent! The cards are printed beautifully: rich colours, crisp images on high quality, glossy card stock, and they come with good quality envelopes. They arrived in Canada within a week of ordering. I have NO qualms about recommending this print on demand service!

If you like my art and have been considering a purchase, but aren’t quite sure if you really want to spend that much to invest in an original work, perhaps you could start out with a print or some cards? The prints start  as low a $22.

A pack of ten cards sells for $32. 
See, aren’t they pretty? I’m going to order some more for myself to send as Christmas cards this year.
And I guess now a whole bunch of people know what’s on our living room bookshelf, too.
Here’s the link:
Or just click the slide show image above right.