2004 - 2018What if...
I built a studio and added Giclee Production
In 2004 I converted the family 3 car garage into a one car garage, art gallery and studio which we euphemistically called the The Alley Gallery. The space was L shape, about 900 sq. ft. with an 18’-0 ceiling. I painted the walls white, the floor sea blue and hung paintings everywhere. I built the office/studio at the long end at the 4 foot level, to create 300 Sq. ft. office/studio and under office storage crawl space.
In 2005, to utilize my Photoshop skills, I purchased an Epson Fine Art printing business. It consisted of a 24” museum quality, 8 color canvas/ watercolor paper printer, an 18” - 8 color printer, a 12” x 18” flatbed scanner, computer, monitor, keyboard, ink, paper & a customer list. The 4’ W x 10’ L x 3.5’ H storage dolly I had previously built became the printer dolly. A roll away large work surface complete with everything built in.
I could roll my tool and printer dollies under the office, out of site to park the car at night. In addition I fabricated a set of 10’ x 8’ walls with a door and display windows facing the alley. The reverse side of the doors were large painting easels with storage underneath. With the walls on wheels, they are rolled into place when the double wide garage door was raised to 8’. When Bonnie left for work in the morning the doors were put in place, lights turned on and The Alley Gallery and Giclee Canada were in business.
In 2007 my better half, Bonnie Rapaport and I decided to remodel our kitchen. When construction was finished in July we decided to have a party space.We chose Saturday Aug 4th as it was the final night of fireworks for Vancouver’s Celebration of Fire in English Bay which we could see from our balcony. We felt it would be the perfect time to make our wonderful relationship legal, so we organized a surprise Wedding to entertain our 56 guests. I knew I would never forget our anniversary as the wedding also happened on my birthday.
I continued produce archival art reproductions for myself and about 50 artists in BC and Alberta until 2019 when we moved to Nanoose Bay. I’ve lectured on Giclee printing, mixed media, and art theft to various Vancouver area art groups including the North Shore Artists Guild, the Ferry Building Arts Connection and 4 different West Vancouver Harmony Arts Festivals.
With my new found toys and photos taken on our world journeys, I mixed in some tongue in cheek humour and embarked on several years of mixed media, limited edition, museum quality prints.