oil/ acrylic on wood
24×18″ 700

Artist’s Statement

I have maintained an independent fine art painting practice in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan for over three decades.   I was raised in a large Ontario family that has roots in Saskatchewan going back more than 100 years.  The spectacular Saskatchewan prairie and forest are sources of inspiration as are the fall colours and rocks of my family home in Ontario.

I love the act of applying paint to a surface.  Creating is at its best when the marks suggest the next direction.  I also prefer to not be fully in control of my painting tools.  Discovering new ways to move paint by flowing, scraping, rolling, scratching, and dripping is endlessly satisfying.

34×38 oil on canvas


The eight Slavin siblings were encouraged to draw, write, make music, sew, and invent.  Our father repaired TV’s and disallowed TV in his own home. Our mother bore seven children and then adopted an eighth.  

My unremarkable early academic life was remedied by a BA in Art History, later a Bachelor of Education, and later yet a Master of Education.  I worked in Community Development.  Visual art was pursued seriously in my fourth decade through a dozen experiences at Emma Lake Kenderdine Campus,  including classes, residencies, and four times at the Artists Workshop as well as a variety of community classes.  The benefit was gained from the critique and teachings of many artists.

Paintings have been exhibited in private and public galleries and in community venues. At present, my work is carried by Collector’s Choice Gallery in Saskatoon, and by the Saskatchewan Craft Council Boutique with which organization I am a juried member.  My full Art Resume is on my website at