Laneway fun

Got to take my favourite little man down to see some urban renewal up close and personal. Great work by the City of Kelowna to take this neglected space and start to turn it around!

Public… Engage!

Day 1 of 5 open houses I was part of to get feedback on new off-leash dog parks in Kelowna. It’s been an eye opening project to see how decisions are made from inside City Hall. Not how I like to operate but have more respect for those who can make a difference from behind a city hall desk. 

Big Step


This week I will be submitting my first design into a public artist call. I have some other design projects that have been incorporated into Kelowna’s Public Art Registry, but this will be the fist time that I have submitted something on my own behalf. Pretty exciting feeling knowing that a year ago I didn’t know what I would be doing and that I am now able to do what I always wanted to but never had the time to. Correction never thought I could do is more like it. Found out another gym rat  know is an amazing graphic artist and muralist, so I have brought him on board to do the custom paint. This might be the start of some great collaborations.

Will update and the end of the month when selections are made. Wish me luck!

Idle Hands

  Finally getting around to replacing some of the bird houses at our place. Time and time again after tackling projects like these I realize I am not as good of a carpenter as I think I am. But it will all be worth in to see some new bird families setting up shop this spring

Greener Pastures

There is something to be said about quality. Finally put this girl out to pasture this week and not because it was failing in any way. A better freer option came about. Almost 30 years I’ve had this bag. I got it the season before I got my first snowboard even and still  had to convince my parents it wasn’t a fad. Not too many people even know those days used to exist. Very glad I can still do something I love and I still have gear and memories from back then. 



A lot of things have changed for us since this picture. We became parents, we traveled to some of the most unique places in the world, I started down a new career path, we even replaced this car with a more practical SUV. But as all these things change around us I realize that no matter what happens in the short term, you have to always keep to long term in mind. Always be able to change scales and see things for what they are now but also what they may mean later. We took these trips before we became parents with an understanding that out travel plans would change after childbirth. We have yet to make a big trip again but  have instead changed the scale of our trips to camping, hiking  and weekend trips to the Coast. We will get back to this one day but until then we don’t regret not being bale o take them we have just adjusted our scale.

Winter Stations 2016

Always a great example of built form and public art. These types of exhibits are becoming more and more popular as the population becomes more aware of installation and public art but love the ephemeral nature of temporary installations. Variety and style allow for a constant and evolving appreciation and exploration of the arts.

‘flow’ photo by khristel stecher





“What should young people do with their lives today? Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured.”

― Kurt Vonnegut, Palm Sunday: An Autobiographical Collage


Change is coming


The weather has turned and the snow is almost gone. Thoughts turn to yard work, mountain biking and nighttime walks. But more than anything this spring is bringing  a new direction and a whole new set of challenges. More than I have faced in a very long time. New career directions, new artistic avenues and a new life as a stay at home father. The major life adjustments have already been done its now a matter of adaption.  Adapting to the new routines of a 1 year old boy, adapting to the idea of a new direction after 11 years at the same company  and profession. With every new day comes a new found confidence and with that comes a dream for something better than the day before. Change is coming and change is good.


You have a son and you start to wonder what kind of father you will be. Too strict? Too soft? Too overbearing? Too lenient? After seeing this I want to become the dad who pays just enough attention, and is watching over my boy just enough so that he grows up to build death traps like this with very little regard for safety or gravity for that matter. #minimalistfathering #dadgoals

Ps. What the kids are doing with geo-grid these days is mind blowing!

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