Vimy Ridge, Hill 145

In their first battle, the 85th (Nova Scotia Highlanders) Battalion, CEF captured Hill 145 late in the afternoon of 9 April 1917. Hill 145 is the highest feature on Vimy Ridge and now the site of the Canadian National Vimy Memorial. As I painted this picture I kept thinking about the young Canadians and the hell they endured. So many killed. So many wounded. All deeply affected. What would they tell us now, if they could, one hundred years later?

The Great Halifax Explosion, December 6, 1917 as seen from Citadel Hill moments after the explosion. The explosion and tidal wave in the harbour, the town destroyed and on fire, people swarming onto the hill and the Common in fear of a second explosion, many in need of immediate medical aid, and in the foreground soldiers of the Royal Canadian Garrison Artillery.

The Great Halifax Explosion
36" X 24" acrylic on canvas $2100
King's Wharf, Halifax Harbour, 1814. A British frigate with officers, Royal Marine, Royal Navy and sailors. Disembarking are the Chesapeake Blacks they have rescued from slavery to undermine the American economy and for men to fight in the war.

Quaker House in Dartmouth as I imagine it might have looked in the late 1700s when it was built in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. 

The Quaker House story is here

Quaker House

HMCS Sackville, the last surviving WWII corvette, during the Battle of the Atlantic, escorting convoys and hunting and being hunted by German U-Boats.

Here's her story

Sackville Attacks

A tip of my paint brush to the long line of military people among my ancestors. Scratch most people's family history and your find warriors. I'm interested in strong feelings and emotions, and military history has got it in spades.

Attack Team
36" X 24" acrylic on canvas $2100
Running at dusk under red light to preserve night vision, and hard on the trail of its prey, the attack team in ‘pirate garb’ concentrates as it intercepts its target. This painting depicts the control room of an 
Oberon Class submarine, 1970, deep in the Cold War, as commissioned by 
the Canadian, Australian and British navies.

En Route -- The First Gulf War
HMCS Athabaskan, Terranova and Protecteur en route to
the First Gulf War in 1991, as seen from a Sea King helicopter.

The Great Amherst Mystery, a large mural created in collaboration with Susan Tooke. 

This painting awoke my interest in subject matter from history. 

For more on the process and information on the most well researched and unsolved haunting in the world see

The Great Amherst Mystery