Selected Paintings 2018, 2019

fine art, inspiration, mixed media, painting

In 2018, I converted a garage into an art studio. It was finished just in time to take part in the Sunshine Coast Art Crawl. I was surprised to have more than 100 visitors come by to see my art in my garage studio on Eureka Place at Halfmoon Bay.

Axe & Stack; acrylic on canvas; 40x30in, 2018

Breathe; acrylic on canvas; 40x30in; 2018

Provisional Eye; acrylic & paint marker on canvas; 2018

Screens / Web; paints & collage materials on panel; 25x18in; 2019

Red Fugue State; paints & collage materials on panel; 24x18in; 2019; (Private Collection)

No Wind; paints & collage materials on panel; 24x18in; 2019

Accidental Jetty; paints & collage materials on panel; 24x18in; 2019

Further Mistakes; paints & collage materials on panel; 24x18in; 2019

Large Format Paintings

inspiration, mixed media, painting

Here is a selection of larger paintings that show some of the directions taken over the last 25 years.

Totem Woods; acrylic on canvas; 40x58in; c.1982

Archeology of Paint; acrylic on canvas; 40x58in; c.1982

Horizon Dance; acrylic on canvas; 56x40in; c.1985; (Private Collection)

Ice Field Forming; acrylic on canvas; 78x54in; c.1986 (BCIT Library Collection)

Rwanda Red; acrylic on canvas; 81x36in; c.1994

Snake / Birth; acrylic on canvas; 72x36in; c.1997

Equine Madonna; acrylic on canvas; 36x48in; c.2012; (Private Collection)

Grey Room; acrylic on canvas; 60x30in; c.2015; (Private Collection)

Summer City

collage, fine art, inspiration, mixed media, painting

These mixed media pieces are on paper and were made around 1990. A suite of 18 developed as a visual response to my Vancouver environment. At the time I was living in Kitsilano about 5 blocks from the ocean. It was an almost daily routine for me to walk, run or cycle somewhere along the beach area. Assembled from sign shop scraps of vinyl, industrial paints and acrylic paint. I used place them in some inexpensive plexi box frames in a grouping of 6 (2 x 3). Now and then, I would rotate them for variety.








Ouroboros and Ron Stonier


Craig at Trench Gallery Hanging Ron Stonier's Paintings
2 of Ron Stonier's Paintings awaiting Placement at Trench Gallery
Ron Stonier's Paintings
Craig Sibley at Trench Gallery, arranging Ron’s paintings (2011)

When I attended the Vancouver School of Art (now Emily Carr) in the mid-late 70s, I took up Painting in my 4th (Grad) year after 2 years of focus in Printmaking. I remember trying to figure out who I should study under. One of the good choices at the time was Ron Stonier. I was friends with one of his students, Amie Mukai, who lived in the same rickety old apartment building as I did on W 6th Ave (where the False Creek development was in progress). Our building was actually a place that once housed Chinese railway workers. Granville Island was still industrial and even included a lumber mill, Bay Forest Products. I have a vague memory of briefly working there on night shift cleanup, sweeping sawdust while my coworker snuck off to sleep somewhere.

Dan Goorevitch, another student of Ron’s, that I first met at a laundromat, who, bursting with an exuberance that is still part of his nature, enthusiastically recommended Ron. With both of these students that I admired, singing his praise it was a slam dunk.

At the time VSA Painting was located in 2 places; a site at the PNE and a Gastown location. However, if you were in 4th year, you had the option of working in your studio (in my case, a rickety apartment overlooking False Creek), and your teacher and/or grad supervisors would come by periodically to check out the progress. I was fortunate enough to have Ron Stonier, Gary Bowden and Geof Rees as my grad supervisors. As students we tended to also network out and visit each other so see what was going on.

The thing about Ron was that he didn’t teach in a very conventional way for those days. He was an amazing communicator and would talk in expanding ellipses about anything and everything and somehow how it would all relate back to art or painting. It wasn’t unusual for him to look at a student-struggle painting and start seeing some metaphoric magic in it and then the next thing you knew he was talking about quarks and charms (recent physics developments at the time), Joseph Campbell’s theories or Ernst Cassirer’s phenomenology, the latest local news or some kind of paint brush that might help you get the fluid movement that you were trying to get. He was very generous with his time to his students, a true inspiration and was very likely to leave you feeling empowered to forge ahead.

I don’t know how many, many art students were inspired or influenced by him but some of his students that did very exciting work back then, that that were in my immediate millieu, included Amie Mukai, Dan Goorevitch, Doug Rowed, Susan Lowden, Rosemary Sleigh, Lawrie Makeseff, Laurie De Camillis and Shiela Cano. There is a posthumous survey of the paintings of Ron Stonier (1933-2001) at Trench Gallery, #102 – 148 Alexander Street, Vancouver. I think only a few of these have ever been exhibited. About 30 works that demonstrate his brilliance and enormous colour facility throughout his career. Go see it if you like engaging, sensuous and visceral art.

Pictures about Nothing


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to forget that passionate music. It will end.
True singing is a different breath, about
nothing. A gust inside the god. A wind.”
-The Sonnets to Orpheus; Rilke; Tran. S. Mitchell

It struck me the other day that my days were filled with doing the dutiful or waiting to do those things that need to get done. So, constantly left with a longing to dig deep into something meaningful, I realized I had resorted to using my point’n’shoot camera to find momentary portals.