BIO / CV

The thirty years’ worth of characters I’ve created in song lyrics, novels and paint intend to instill or arouse empathy.

I studied painting at the Vancouver School of Art before forming the underground rock duo Mecca Normal in 1984. I am a published novelist represented by the Carolyn Swayze Literary Agency, and a two-time recipient of Canada Council for the Arts awards.

VIDEOS including an interview with Amy Goodman on Democracy Now

The Jealous Curator – 5 paintings, September 14, 2017

Complete CV – including publication history and select performance dates


SALES from January,
2016 to September, 2017
200 contemporary portraits (acrylic 14 x 11″)

EXHIBITS
2012
The Black Dot Museum of Political Art — month-long, two person exhibit at Northern Gallery in Olympia, Washington

2010
The Black Dot Museum of Political Art — month-long, four person exhibit at Northern Gallery in Olympia, Washington

2004
Inspired Agitators & the Pantomime Horse — touring art exhibit with David Lester
– Xeno Gallery, Vancouver, BC — month-long exhibit
– Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, Vancouver, BC
– Grand Forks Public Art Gallery, Grand Forks, BC
– Vernon Public Art Gallery, Vernon, BC
– David Thompson Cultural Centre, Nelson, BC
– Cumberland Arts Centre, Cumberland, BC
– Bryce’s Barber Shop, Olympia Experimental Music Festival
– Denman Island Community Hall, Denman Island, BC
– The Crooked Cafe, Kaslo, BC
– Bean Scene Coffee House, Kelowna, BC
– Wild Indigo Theatre, Hornby Island, BC

2003
Inspired Agitators — two person art exhibit with David Lester
– Western Front, Vancouver
– Balazo Gallery, San Francisco
– Flywheel Gallery, Easthampton, MA
– The Middle Gallery, Indie Media Center, Urbana, IL
– Capitol Theater, Olympia, WA
– The Smell, Los Angeles
– AK Press, Oakland
– Empty Bottle, Chicago
– Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle
– Knitting Factory, New York

GROUP SHOWS
2004
– Counterfeit Gallery, Seattle
– Interurban Gallery, Vancouver
– Ministry of Casual Living, Victoria, BC
– Department of Safety, Anacortes, WA
– Lombardi Gallery, Austin, Texas
– Ladyfest, Seattle — 30 years of self-portraits from 1973 to 2003

2003
– Interurban Gallery, Vancouver
– Maltwood Fine Arts Gallery, Victoria
– Ladyfest, Los Angeles — 30 years of self-portraits from 1973 to 2003
– Word On The Street. The Moat Gallery, Vancouver Public Library — co-curator of a group show: Jason MacLean, Carel Moiseiwitsch, David Lester, Shayne Ehman and Jean Smith.

2002
– Tart Gallery, Vancouver — Post No Bills – exhibit of posters
– Fine Arts Gallery, Edmonton

How Art and Music Can Change the World — lecture, exhibition and performance

2013
– Vancouver — University of British Columbia

2012
– Olympia — Timberland Library
– Portland — Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center
– Salem — Willamette University
– San Francisco — LitQuake, Radar Reading Series, main branch of the San Francisco Public Library
– LA — Human Resources Los Angeles
– LA — Loyola Marymount University
– Vancouver — University of British Columbia
– Vancouver — World Peace Forum
– Vancouver — BC Teachers for Global Peace and Education (PAGE)

2011
– Vancouver — Word on the Street
– North York — Public Library
– Ottawa — Public Library
– Toronto — Type Books
– Montreal — Casa del Popolo
– Winnipeg — Mondragon
– Vancouver — Creative Writing Class at the University of British Columbia

2009
– Vancouver — Windermere High School
– Olympia — Evergreen State College
– Salem, OR — Willamette University
– San Francisco — Modern Times Bookstore
– LA — California Institute of the Arts
– Durham, NC — Duke University
– New York — Bluestockings Books
– Philadelphia — Nexus Gallery
– Holyoke, MA — Mount Holyoke College
– Providence — Rhode Island School of Design
– Boston — Megapolis Audio Festival
– Toronto — Over the Top Festival

2002-2005
– World Peace Forum, The Roundhouse Vancouver, BC, 2006
– Richmond Art Gallery — Arts for Life keynote presentation to high school art students, Richmond, BC, 2005
– Word On The Street, Vancouver 2005
– Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design, Vancouver, BC 2004
– Grand Forks Public Art Gallery, Grand Forks, BC 2004
– Vernon Public Art Gallery, Vernon, BC 2004
– David Thompson Cultural Centre, Nelson, BC 2004
– Denman Island Community Hall, Denman Island, BC 2004
– Bean Scene Coffee House, Kelowna, BC 2004
– Burnaby Central High School, Burnaby, BC 2004
– The Western Front, Vancouver, BC 2004
– St. Vincent College (poetry class), La Trobe, PA, 2002
– Chatham College (sound art class), Pittsburgh, PA, 2002
– Balazo Gallery, San Francisco, CA, 2002
– Flywheel Gallery, Easthampton, MA, 2002
– IMC (Indie Media Center), Urbana, IL, 2002
– Capitol Theater, Olympia, WA, 2002
– The Smell, Los Angeles, CA, 2002
– AK Press, Oakland, CA, 2002
– Empty Bottle, Chicago, IL , 2002
– Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle, WA, 2002

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