Wesley was born in London, England and immigrated to Canada, when very young. His father was with the Royal Navy, serving on British sub chasers and destroyers in the Second World War, before joining the Canadian forces. Wesley grew up in the woodsy suburb of Oakville, Ontario until 12 years old, then spent three years in Alberta before settling with his family in Vernon, British Columbia. After traveling extensively throughout Europe, Wes met and married his, dental hygienist, wife Elaine. He and Elaine spent one year backpacking around S.E.Asia, Australia, South Pacific, and Hawaii before moving to Victoria. Wesley is a graduate of the University of Victoria (BFA & M.ED), as well as a BC Certified High School Art Teacher.
Wes has also established himself, on the West coast of Canada, as an important collectable artist in both the private and corporate sectors. Wesley’s artwork today is very diverse and multi-themed. His detailed yet highly expressive water colors, for which he may be best known, are inspired by the natural wilderness of BC. These paintings have won him many awards and distinction.
Throughout his fine arts career, he has been involved in various environmental issues in and around BC and Vancouver Island, helping to raise public awareness through his remarkable wilderness images. These include expeditions to: Carmanah, Tsitika and Kitlope river valleys on Vancouver Island and the central coast. Wesley’s latest works, while still very involved with environmental issues, are larger, acrylic and mixed media canvases that explore multicultural concepts. These new exciting and dynamic semi- abstracts are influenced by pre-historic, indigenous peoples; art making processes, artifacts and culture.
Wesley and Elaine live on Salt Spring Island BC.
This show represents three favourite themes; west coast fish, landscape and ancient art. These 3 muses are evident throughout most of my career. Showing three distinctly different ideas may confuse a person not familiar with my wanderings but I do not apologise for the seemingly schizoid nature of this current exhibition. Rather I prefer to encourage the viewer’s sense of adventure and to make note that the same nuances of paint to surface are equally and fervently explored in all subjects and cross all boundaries of imagery from realist to abstract.