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2002 - 2004What If...
I pull the brushes out from under the stairs

In 2002, after years of creating complex inventions with hundreds of developmental design drawings, building prototypes, financing and preparing visual name branding and advertising programs to take my products to Wall Street. The money is in the paper. The inventor is lucky to keep 3%

It was now time to simplify life, honour my mother and return to my first passions, sculpture and painting. “When I produce a bad painting, it’s my fault. When I produce a good painting, it’s my fault.” “There are no longer myriads of middle men that take their piece and try to turn a race horse into a giraffe.” My mother remarked, “Richard if you had started 20 years ago, you would be famous by now!”

As with most artists, space is a problem but using the maxim from my Expo days, Go Big or Go Home, the first canvas I purchased was 4’ x 4’. It would not fit in my car. I had return home, rollerblade back to the art store then return the 10 blocks back home carrying a 4’ x 4’ sail, against the wind.I turned the canvas 45 degrees and did a painting of the Lyons Gate Bridge as viewed from the 32 floor of Bentall 3, the boardroom of my accountants Deloitte & Touche LLP. The painting hung in their reception area for years.

What followed was a series of sizes and subject matter I was interested in including cars, prairie roots and global travel referenced by my drawings and photos.