Vancouver Neighbourhoods

Sketching old buildings When first exploring Vancouver, I sketched  older buildings which seemed to encapsulate unique neighbourhood character whilst not knowing much about the city’s history. In the 1980s, many areas had clusters of wooden buildings that included commercial stretches of two-three storey apartments, with stores and cafes, as well as a variety of areasContinue reading “Vancouver Neighbourhoods”

GROCERY STORES

Sammy’s old store on E. 49th In a painting I was able to emphasise the red alarm, upper left, red sign on the wall and red fire hydrant with its companion red sign. It makes the yellow awning (right) more poignant as the building deteriorates. When I noticed old wooden grocery stores vanishing in theContinue reading “GROCERY STORES”

re-visiting memories

Reviewing a body of heritage images, it reflects my passion for characteristics of historic neighbourhoods in Vancouver BC. I began painting them in the1980s, when I would find myself searching again for something old and iconic only to find it had vanished. Asking friends how I could learn early about decisions which allowed buildings toContinue reading “re-visiting memories”

Neighbourhoods

Strathcona (all images are copyrighted and cannot be used without artist’s express permission) Strathcona is Vancouver’s oldest residential neighbourhood. Close to the port, it received waves of immigrants, many of whom later dispersed throughout the city. I was interested to discover the original topography was hilly. Streets were flattened later for easier traffic flow, butContinue reading “Neighbourhoods”

Re-launching Blog

This site is emerging from a break enforced by COVID. It feels good to be back after a period of re-focusing my work and preparing for a new heritage related project, no longer focused on older character buildings in Vancouver BC. This hint about my background is an old steam locomotive taking on water. BothContinue reading “Re-launching Blog”