The Long Point Art Studio
I have an indoor basement workshop dedicated to soapstone carving. Large work surfaces allow me to work on 4-5 carvings at the same time, which solves any issues with not knowing where to go next with any one carving. I just put the troublesome one to the side, and work on a different piece. The attached work room is where I plan out and finish my carvings. It has my reference library, along with a sanding and oiling station.
My loft studio, in contrast, is a bright space I use for painting and office. A small balcony keeps me connected with nature, with a fine view of the Dedrick Creek wetlands, and a winter view of the Long Point Inner Bay. I keep my painting and general reference library there, along with anything related to painting, as I spent many years of my artistic career devoted to painting and drawing. Since designing my new website and adding artwork for sale, more people are finding and purchasing my work online, so part of the loft is set up to deal with packing and shipping orders.
My garage is converted to a gallery in warmer weather. This past year I had two shows there, one in the spring, and one in the fall. I set up a carving station near my garage door this past November, and worked on a carving while the show was on.
About the Port Rowan/Long Point Area
My home studio/workshop is located on the Long Point Causeway, just outside the charming and picturesque fishing village of Port Rowan, Ontario, Canada.
Wildlife is all around: turtles, frogs and toads in the wetlands behind my home (and in my backyard). In the winter, flocks of Tundra Swans fly over the house, and noisy (but wonderful) Sandhill Cranes walk around the corn field across the road.
Big Creek Wildlife Area, part of the UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, is five minutes away on the Causeway. Two observation platforms are excellent lookouts for spotting migrating birds, and turtles in the spring and summer.
Ten minutes further is the long sandy beach at Long Point. Ten minutes in the other direction is Backus Woods. Wineries and breweries are springing up everywhere, and ecotourism is expanding rapidly in Norfolk County, with new land and water-based activities to suit many interests.