Were you born in PEI or are you an Islander by choice?
Born on PEI
What kind of steps did you take to become your profession?
One of the biggest question I get each year is how did I start? In the incarnation you see today is 11 years of learning, exploring and the practicing of a different skill set from what I had worked on for most of my life. As a self taught Artist I am continually amazed at how my life experiences as a Career trouble shooter in the seafood industry have been key to learning my Art . Today as an artist it is the processes used to create something with my hands coupled with the reactions of my many customers which has directed my Art. Creating as an Artist is like creating as a business person, you need to understand your role in the big picture and you have to be able to convey your vision and most of all your passion. My Art is intertwined with my passion to see my community grow and to have jobs that allow families to be a key part in our Historic Community.
How long have you been living in PEI?
Left in 1974 moved home in 2004
Where do you live in PEI?
Georgetown, the Capital of Kings County
Describe what are an average day looks like for you?
My day starts with coffee and reading the local newspaper and online news. I am in my studio every day, yes every day. In the off season by 0900 until 1700. From June to Dec it is from 0700 to as late as 2000.
What is your favourite thing about life in PEI?
The water at my back door and my Dog.
What is something people wouldn't know if they're not from the island?
Where to dig clams. How to make Toutons ---Fried Bread Dough served with warm.
What are you passionate about personally? What do you really enjoy? What can’t you stop talking about?
The history and uniqueness of my Community. Only town or city in Canada which has “two” yes, 2 Fathers of Confederation. It is the last of the three towns laid out by Samuel Holland on PEI 251 years ago that still has 100% of the original boundaries and streets. Just how small the Island is only 16 bridge lengths long from tip to tip.
If you had to choose one spot on the island to take someone who has never been here, where would it be?
Basin Head Beach or my back deck to watch the endless boats, eagles, seagulls, King Fishers and ravens.
Any funny facts about yourself or factoids about the Island that you think people should know?
PEI is only 16 bridge lengths long. Using the Confederation Bridge as the measure. When it comes to “Size” on PEI, Islanders tend to exaggerate. Sooooooo the point of this fact is everything on PEI is within reach, so enjoy it all