20×30 inches – Canvas $550
This photograph was taken in Mexico at a performance in the village square (the village of Lo De Marcos). It was a performance put together by the Tepic University Folkloric Ballet group – the dance was a traditional cultural dance representing the “first nations” Huichol population. It was a very professional and moving piece with a large impact. Following this performance, the group was preparing for a tour to Russia for a series of performances. Other Mexican cultural dances were included in the repertoire.
Australian born in a small town called Norseman, Western Australia, with Australian/ Slovakian/Irish heritage. Neil emigrated to Canada 30+ years ago. He has had an on and off interest in photography as a hobby for the last 40+ years. His photographic interests are varied, but he did not have the time up until retirement to pursue this hobby with any seriousness. He is totally self-taught, picking up skills from personal experience, reading and taking a keen interest in, and an appreciation of, the works of other artists and photographers.
The Sidney Fine Art Show 2006 was the first event that he had entered any works for either adjudication or showing in Canada. Over the last few years he has broadened his photography to include photographic art. He has also experimented with a whole range of techniques to produce unique images and has entered works in this expanded media with success in the Sooke Fine Arts Show, the Sidney Fine Arts Show, the Cowichan Valley Arts Council Showcases of the Arts, the Ladysmith Fine Art Show, “Click 07” “08” “09” “10” “11” “12” (Nanaimo), Photo Salon (Nanaimo) Mid Island Photo Expos and the Nanaimo Arts Council Fine Art Shows (to name a few). He has received a number of awards and has had some of his work published. He also received an award in a world competition.
His wide travels provide an abundance of material and he always remains fascinated by the interplay of nature, life and light.
He continues to exhibit his work at various centres throughout Vancouver Island