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Alfred’s interest in art began at an early age. By his teens, he was sketching and painting, by day and by night, from shore and from canoe, in Algonquin Park. He studied painting under Canadian artist Alex Miller at Seneca College, King City, Ontario.
Two years after graduating, he moved to a renovated country schoolhouse near Bancroft, Ontario. There he established Trout Lake Schoolhouse Studio. Seven years later he relocated to Queen Charlotte City, Haida Gwaii, BC, where he ran Among Friends Studio & Gallery for twelve years. From 1997 till last year, Alfred lived south of Powell River where he maintained a large studio and was also instrumental in starting the Powell River Studio Tour. Since June 2017 Alfred has called Texada home and is establishing his seaside studio in Gillies Bay.
Over the course of 43 years, Alfred has exhibited his prints and paintings in 42 solo exhibitions and 82 group shows. Always in search of new expression, Alfred has worked in watercolours, acrylics, oil, mixed media, collage, woodcuts and lino blocks. His dominant style has been described as expressive realism. Subjects for Alfred’s work range from landscapes and music interpretation to seascapes and urban night scenes. In 2016, a book of Alfred’s night paintings, “Out of the Dark”, was published. Alfred’s work can be found in corporate, private and public collections in Canada and abroad.
“My inspiration comes from nature, music, people and from contemplative silence.
I paint for purely selfish reasons, to express the need deep inside of me to create and to communicate those wordless feelings of the beauty of life and nature that well up within me from time to time. I hope my paintings are friendly enough to allow two events to happen. First, to invite the viewer into the picture and to explore it, and second, to remove the viewer from their daily reality to experience something totally different within themselves at that moment.”