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My friend Ian commisioned this drawing in 2014. He used to cross the Arbutus Right of Way twice a day on his way to and from school in the late '70s and early '80s. I finished it in the fall of 2016, just a few weeks before the City of Vancouver acquired the corridor from the Canadian Pacific Railroad. It has now been graded, paved and transfored into the Arbutus Greenway community cylce and walking path.

I'm learning not to be casual about promising work for friends and family. One of my oldest buddies commissioned me to paint his son three and a half years ago. I just finished it in February. The only problem is that it was for his wife's Christmas present in 2009. I was somehow under the delusion that I would be able to work, finish my degree at Emily Carr and complete this painting...evidently not. Fortunately my friend is patient - really patient.




OK, full disclosure - I'm a Titanic freak. The anniversary is coming-up (again vs. still) in April. I had this model when I was 12 but was too impatient to finish it properly. Since last year was the 100th anniversary of the sinking I thought I would build it again. In the process lots of art ideas came to mind. Stay tuned - I'm working on them.




Daughter Chloe's art work and an interview was featured on the British Columbia: The Last Place on Earth website in March following a Fall student show at Van Dusen Gardens.


Check it out here




The show was a great experience. Thanks to everyone for your support! Here are some pictures:










My first solo show will take place from Monday, September 17 - Friday, September 21 in THE GALLERY at Lord Byng Secondary School.  It is a production of the Byng Arts program under director Jon Hartely-Folz whose help, interest and enthusiasm has been greatly appreciated.


The gallery is very impressive and worth a visit if you have never been there: a two story space combining natural and artificial light and hall window views from two floors.


The exhibition will be open following school hours from 3:30 - 5:30 of that week. Please join me at the opening:


Tuesday, September 18: 5:00 - 9:00 (new entrance facing Crown Street)

Refreshments will be served (the non-alcoholic variety: hey, it's a school)


It will also be Parent-Teacher Walkabout night, so expect a few hundred people in the building. What a great opportunity.


The show will include all seven rail drawings - all nicely framed and the rail installation.


Hope to see you there!



at Lord Byng Secondary School

3939 West 16th Avenue

Vancouver, BC  V6R 3C9










I had an opportunity to participate with two of my daughters in this year's Papergirl exhibition from July 24-28 at the Roundhouse Community Center. Over 160 artists sumbitted pieces that were rolled-up and distributed by a group of volunteers on bicycles randomly to members of the public. See Papergirl Vancouver for an overview of the project. These pictures show the Brumwell contributions:





This drawing has been awaiting finishing touches all Spring. The location is the crossing of two alleys near West 2nd & Fir Street just outside of Granville Island. To see a detail, go to my home page.


Emily Carr University of Art + Design's degree exhibition is diverse and impressive

By Robin Laurence, May 8, 2012

Degree Exhibition
At Emily Carr University of Art + Design until May 20


So much hope and enthusiasm resound through a graduating exhibition. So much individuality and influence, likeness and diversity, too. The 350 new grads represented in the degree exhibition at Emily Carr University of Art + Design are emerging out of both bachelor’s and master’s programs, across the disciplines of design, fine arts, and media arts. Read More