I wanted to be a cowboy before I wanted
to be an artist. My first thoughts of a
career as a graphic designer began in my
late teens. After art school I started
working in Montreal and after a year
moved to Vancouver. I worked for a couple
of excellent companies over the years but
most of the time I had my own business
and freelanced. I’ve had a full range of
experience but probably the two areas I
enjoyed most were Corporate Identity and
speaker support material.
I can’t remember a time when I didn’t
want to be a cowboy but that side of my
life didn’t start until my mid-thirties.
Horse camping and packing around BC and
helping out at some of the big ranches
rounding up cattle and branding satisfied
that ambition. We camped at different
cow camps far away from civilization.
These are usually log cabins with sod
roofs, wooden crates for shelves, wood stoves
and outside biffies with incredible views. A
cowboy would spend months alone in the
camp looking after a herd of cattle. A dream
developed in me where I would live in a cow
camp, ride and look after a herd of cattle but
I would have a button in the corner that
would take me down to a high-tech world
where I would be connected to the outside
world and also be able to work at graphic
I realize that my dream has become a reality.
Linda and I live on a lake in the middle of
cattle country in the Nicola Valley amongst a
few big ranches. I can saddle up one of my
horses and ride for hours. With my satellite
connection I am also able to continue my
career as a graphic designer. Sometimes
wishing for things can make them happen.