Lake Minnewanka

about “found frames”

The majority of my inspiration come from images found online, or gathered, over the 40 years I have spent designing or creating for the long suffering newspaper industry.
The frames like the images are found.
Found in local thrift stores and garage sales, some even online.
I size each frame to each individual painting and then paint them white, custom cut the mat and glass for quality and consistency.

I am planning a cross country trip called my  “More Hello’s than Goodbye’s Tour”.
My goal is to paint and photograph my way across Canada, starting from the sunny shores of Vancouver Island.
Winding my way across the country… in search of faces and spaces
of inspiration and moments of light and wonder.

Updates on tour dates and schedule to follow soon.



David Rigler,

I cherish the times of day when light is everything.
When a single moment, can transform what we see everyday… into that perfect moment in time.
To seek the infinite subtleties of low light and stories hidden in the shadows.

I love faces that have history and joy, the eccentric, the difficult and the ordinary. Celebrating both the human of us and the infinite fantasticality of nature.

Primarily working in gouache and watercolours, I consider myself a portrait artist struggling to break the boundaries of hyper-realism.

Graduating from high school was a lifetime ago, with an Arts Scholarship for Emily Carr… but never attended, instead choosing to work within the newspaper industry as a designer and illustrator.
I retired to painting, seriously in 2005 and now paint full time from my new home in Campbell River.

It’s 2019 and I introduced Grumm’p, my ARV (Art Research Vehicle). A fully renovated 1985 Grumman Olsen Step Van, converted into a mobile art studio, with which I plan to travel across Canada, painting my way from coast to coast… in the very near future
For the time being, I will continue the shake and break tours  and painting my way up and down Vancouver Island,  throughout the Okanagan and Thompson Valleys… looking for interesting people and places to paint.

You can follow me on facebook @ my thoughts exactly or on instagram @mythoughts3xactlee/

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