Ken’s work is inspired by his search for and appreciation of spirituality in all its forms. Orenda is an Iroquois name for a supernatural force believed to be present in varying degrees, in all persons, creatures and objects – the spiritual driver for human accomplishment. Activities of nature are seen to be a ceaseless struggle of one orenda against another, uttered and directed by the ‘beings’ in the environment.
Favourite subjects include hawks (his power animal), eagles, the essential spirit of animals, First Nation elders, southwest Native American Dancers, drummers, West Coast totems, sacred mountains/landscapes – wherever he finds and senses the power of orenda.
Ken lives on the edge of Algonquin Park in Canada, with a winter home just north of the Mexican border in Arizona and a wanderlust that takes him into nature and the wilderness by motorcycle, boat or RV for several months every year.
He has been painting for over 45 years, is self-taught, guided by a few mentors and many professionals who have willingly shared their talent and time. Ken has a Ph.D. in geography/planning and has enjoyed an eclectic career as academic, manager, futurist and consultant.
Ken has had shows at the Wildewood Gallery in Maynooth (September 2017), Let the Cat Go Fine Art in Bracebridge (May 2018), and the Art Gallery of Bancroft (September 2021). His work can be seen regularly at A Place for the Arts, The Art Gallery of Bancroft and The Muse Gallery – all in his home town of Bancroft.