Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Switching Gears

I have been spending time looking at other blogs to help me along in my blogging journey. As I stated in my profile, I have been slow in my blog posting.

Originally I thought about focusing on paintings and poetry, but not everyone is interested in looking at just artwork or the latter. So I’ll begin by talking a little more about myself.

I was born in Trinidad, (my parents resided there for a short time) and then we moved to Winnipeg where my siblings were born. My mother is from Jamaica and my father from Saskatchewan; but that’s another story.

I guess I’d describe myself as someone who “marches to the beat of my own drum”.

Ever since I can remember, I have been enthralled by the natural world, and spent many happy hours like most toddlers in sand and water, and other various modes of mucky amusement. I was fortunate to be able to spend my formative years in a wonderful climate where my insatiable curiosity could be satisfied.

When we moved back to Jamaica after my brother and sister were born, we spent many hours playing in an irrigation canal, catching lizards, frogs, toads and butterflies. I spent hours rigging up a rudimentary bird trap which included a box, string and stick and waited patiently for the hapless creatures to fall into my juvenile clutches.

I remember countless hours chasing quail while we visited with friends and relatives, swimming in the duck pond and watching the graceful swans at the Royal Botanical Hope Gardens. It is this early exposure to the natural world that I believe helped to fuel my love for the subjects that I paint.

That’s it in a nutshell for now. I’d like to take credit for these wonderful pictures but truth be told they were taken by my Mom and Dad.