NC_55_No. 3 #collage #vine #photographs @ronbaxtersmith #photography ...

C_N1_53 No. 13. Works on Paper. #worksonpaper #collage #pencil #graphite #watercolour #watercolor #photographs #photograph #vine @ronbaxtersmith #gold @olivergordongallery #photography

Ordine 2023.03.20 #collage #drawing #photography ...

"Peaches I A", a colour variation, insitu, from the series, "Avocados + Peaches" in Projects. Oil + Watercolour on Paper, 2023. #roses #peaches #watercolour #oils #photography #photograph #oilonpaper #oilpainting #baroque #naturallight #collage ...

And another...: C_N1_53 No. 13. Works on Paper. #worksonpaper #collage #pencil #graphite #watercolour #watercolor #photographs #photograph #vine @ronbaxtersmith #gold @olivergordongallery #photography ...

"Peaches I" from the series, Avocados + Peaches in Projects. Oil on Paper, 100 x 140 cm, 2023. #roses #peaches #oils #photography #photograph #oilonpaper #oilpainting baroque #naturallight #collage ...

Another...: C_NC_23 No. 11. Works on Paper. #worksonpaper #collage #pencil #graphite #watercolour #watercolor #photographs #vine @ronbaxtersmith @olivergordongallery #photography #gold ...

Avocados I, Oil on Canvas, 100 x 140 cm, 2023. #oilpainting #roses #avocados ...

Ordine 12.31 I: Collage, drawing, painting, photography. #collage #paint #draw #photographs #photography #painting #drawing #watercolour #pencil #oilstick #graphite @ronbaxtersmith @olivergordongallery ...

C_2: I first posted this photo as a still life and thought, it would look good in a shadow box. I set it aside. Eventually, I glued things down, added some elements and then looked at when I had posted the original. To my surprise, it was Nov. 24, 2021. Over a year had passed. For 2023, I am going to think like Nike, “Just do it.” Happy New Year, everyone. #collage #pencil #watercolour #watercolor #photographs #vine @ronbaxtersmith @olivergordongallery #photography ...

Ordine 12.22: collage, drawing, painting, photography. #collage #paint #draw #photographs #photography #painting #drawing #watercolour #pencil #oilstick #graphite @ronbaxtersmith @olivergordongallery ...

C_1857 C_P1: Corso continues - collage, drawing, painting, photography. #collage #paint #photographs #photography #painting #drawing #watercolour #pencil @ronbaxtersmith @olivergordongallery ...

C_ CP1: Corso continues - collage, drawing, painting, photography. #collage #paint #photographs #photography #painting #drawing #watercolour #pencil @ronbaxtersmith @olivergordongallery ...

Ag_Argento II: Next in the Corso series. #pencil #watercolour #drawing #painting #corso @olivergordongallery #wisteria #glicine ...

Ag_Argento_I: Next in the Corso series. #pencil #watercolour #drawing #painting #corso @olivergordongallery #wisteria #glicine ...

Ag_Argento_X: Next in the Corso series. #pencil #watercolour #drawing #painting #corso @olivergordongallery #wisteria #glicine ...

C_N1_3831 I: #collage #photographs #photography @ronbaxtersmith @olivergordongallery ...

C_N1 25 No. 1. #collage #pencil #drawing #watercolour #watercolor #photographs #vine @ronbaxtersmith @olivergordongallery #photography ...

C_N1_2820: #collage #photographs #photography @ronbaxtersmith @olivergordongallery ...

C_6482: #collage #photographs #photography @ronbaxtersmith @olivergordongallery ...

C_1857: #collage #photographs #photography @ronbaxtersmith @olivergordongallery ...

C_9734: #collage #photographs #photography @ronbaxtersmith @olivergordongallery ...

Last in the Series...: NC 25 No. 1. #collage #pencil #drawing #watercolour #watercolor #photographs #vine @ronbaxtersmith @olivergordongallery #photography #gold ...

Encora...: NC 24 No. 1. #collage #pencil #watercolour #watercolor #photograph #vine @ronbaxtersmith #photography @olivergordongallery #argento #silver #crimson ...

Another...: NC 23 No. 1. #collage #pencil #watercolour #watercolor #photographs #vine @ronbaxtersmith @olivergordongallery #photography #gold ...

Next...: NC 22 No. 3b. #collage #pencil #watercolour #watercolor #photographs #vine @ronbaxtersmith @olivergordongallery #photography ...

Next in this series: NC 22 No. 2b. #collage #pencil #watercolour #watercolor #photographs #vine @ronbaxtersmith @olivergordongallery #photography ...

New Collage Series: NC 22 No. 1. #collage #pencil #watercolour #watercolor #photographs #vine @ronbaxtersmith @olivergordongallery #photography ...

C 2022 Paper. #collage #paper #feather #spraypaint #shadowbox #photography #archivalpigmentprint ...

“War and Sport”
It was Henry Ford who said that “Business was a combination of War and Sport”
I was asked 28 years ago to illustrate that quote for a Mead Paper Co. Paper Promo.
So, enter my assistant, Wayne Parent and his good bud Stephen Hobson.
I had this idea that two businessmen could be screwing with each other as marionettes. So, I made marionette controls and hung white string from them. Foam core was the wall that I merged with the cyc. I had 1.5” white rope used for securing ships hung from the steel beams in my studio connected it to Stephen and Wayne. Wayne had the baseball bat and Stephen a golf club.
The Mead Paper Co. printed it and made T shirts, and then the client called me one day from Chicago and said they were getting complaints that it was two white men… No Blacks or Asians. So, I explained the shot to her that it was Stephen on the back left who was manipulating the marionette of Wayne with the bat. And it was Wayne who was manipulating the marionette of Stephen with the golf club. It couldn’t be any clearer to me that two business men were just messing each other.
Except… she never really looked at the photo. Can you imagine if one was African American or Asian? That would be horrible. “Oh dear,” she said, “I never knew… Never mind.”
A year later the New York Art Director’s Club, as it was called then, called and said they were doing a hard cover book on photographers who were using the computer to create images, (remember, 1994) and we have chosen 13 photographers to be in the book and we would like you to be one of them. I said “Wow, I am so flattered, except all those photos you speak of were done in camera.” Silence. She said, “Oh, go on…” I said thank you for thinking of me, but I wouldn’t want to misrepresent your book. “Wow”, she said. “Thanks for being honest.”
But the thanks is to Wayne and Stephen. I have only 1 - 16x20 original “C” print that Glen McIlveen (Steichenlab) made. Glen could see 2 negs printed together. Thanks guys
And, oh yes… it is cross processed 4x5 neg. - not a profile or an app and NO photoshop. #photography #photoillustration #4x5 #film #sinar #rodenstock



Continuing with the series on collage, these new images are flat field compositions. They are exercise in commitment and doing more

During The Lockdown

What to do when you can’t leave the property? Now that we are almost free, I can look back at the photographs I created while we were required to remain at home. Making due with whatever you can find. And making something you are proud more

Animating a Scream

With the change happening in the presentation of new media, I am taking pleasure in animating my photographs, with the help from Christina Humphries @ Rooster Post. It has been a big learing curve working in Premier Pro. Which is why I am very fortunate to be able to turn to Christina for motion more

Alizarin in Crimson

Alizarin crimson is is one of the best reds. It was used in ancient Egypt, Persia and Pompeii to dye clothes. The lines that form a human shape are the ones we most relate to. An more

Corso: Something to Grab Onto

Where we live is called “Casa Glicine” or “Wisteria House”. Our house has three gazebos covered with beautiful wisteria. Two are lavender and one is pink. All three have incredible fragrances. The pink one has been guessed to be over 150 years old. No one knows how old the house is, but anyone at more

Lock Down Sculptures

We were locked down in Italy for 65 Days as of March 10th. Bev could go food shopping with the right paperwork as she has an Italian Driver’s License. I had to stay at the house. There are outside activities to do, so fortunately we were not stuck in an apartment. So, I set more

Sottotitoli, Italian for Subtitles

Sottotitoli is Italian for subtitles. It makes sense to title this series in Italian as it was shot in Umbria with clay from Deruta. The home of extraordinary Italian pottery. Sottotitoli explain what is going on. They translate the dialogue. Which seems fitting as these were created as backgrounds for a still life idea. more

Buried Plastic

Motion is Lotion. You can find yourself sitting for extraordinary stretches in front of the computer, editing, retouching, posting. My solution is gardening. It seems like there is always something to rake. One morning after taking down four trees with 3 others and with one very large Lamborghini tractor, as I was clearing the mess, more

Solar Wind from the Lunar Series

The NASA website is one that I go to daily to see a new picture of the heavens. It is incredible. It inspired a series called Solar Wind as these new recordings have been released of the sounds made in space. Quite Incredible. more

Apsides – Big Watercolour

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What of Climate and Privilege – A Measure

The is the beginning of a project on climate and privilege called “A Measure”. Read the news, Naomi Klein inspire this project when she was in a hospital, which was nearly empty, while a tornado raged outside. Yet she was taken into an operating room without hesitation. Where does this lead? Small watercolour test more

Luna II

Planets and constellations made with a chainsaw and more

Roses…@ Last

This is the third summer that I have photographed “Roses” from the garden of our friends in Umbria. This year I have a new direction for colour balancing these images. It is more Mannerist in style remembering the colours in Pontormo’s Deposition in Santa Felicita, Firenze. The first year, I started in awe of more


In 1976, I sold a rather large painting to my then photography professor at university. It was 5′ x 7′ and it was about rain at night. I decided to revisit this idea and begin again with preliminary drawings and paintings in oil & graphite on paper in preparation for some larger paintings. More – more

Alchimia Films Inc.

Alchimia Films Inc. has been our film company since we began directing and shooting TV commercials in 1991. When the business moved away from film, I focused back on my photography. And just when everyone thought they were a photographer, I started back with my drawing and painting. Always swim against the current. My more

Black / White / Hype – 20/24 Polaroid

Here is a sad story. It is incredible that we are still in this place. In 1990, graphic designer, Del Terrelonge asked me me to go to NYC with him and shoot a story for a book to be presented at an exhibition at Parson School of Design. We took our model from Toronto more

Nebula Triptych

A new series of photographs printed 42″ x 62″, shot this past January 2017. There are 17 in the series and here is a Triptych of Nebula 2284, 2265 and 2338. See Portfolio I, more

Happy Marriages

I only just found this negative. I was sure it was lost, but it was hidden in with photos from another project. “Happy Marriages” was shot in Las Vegas in 1988 for a paper promo designed by Taylor Browning. Sadly, our dear friend Scott Taylor passed away the following year of lung cancer. This more

Millennium Stamp Pablum / Canada Post 2000

Almost 17 years ago I had the pleasure of working on a stamp for Canada Post. Not just any stamp, it was one of the “Millennium Stamps” that commemorated the Canadian invention of Pablum in the previous century. I was asked by the designer, Mark Koudis, to shoot this little girl who lived across more

1stdibs Opening Page

Thanks to the Curatorial Team who chose Twins Entwined for the Thanksgiving/Black Friday weekend in the opening rotation more

Torino, 1949 or 1999?

In 1999, we made a trip to northern Italy to explore the Barolo region and the differences in the cuisine close to the French border. As always, shooting as we went along. On revisiting my Italy contact sheets, (yes, shot on film) I discovered a few shots that appear timeless and due to the more

Uccello V

One of the paintings I had started in April 2016 and left on the easel until I returned to the studio in August has just been framed and is off to a good home. There is nothing like a white shadow box to display work in. See More Uccello at the Oliver Gordon Gallery more

Fuso Fig Tangle

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For 22 years, I had the esteemed pleasure of working in film, shooting and directing TV commercials. I met and worked with some of the best talent in the business. It was a honour. David Lean said that “Film was the last great collaborative art.” He was right. You are only as good as more

Assignment / Archive

Assignment / Archive is not a new section as it was a link to my old website. Now, however, it is full of photographs shot while on assignment for various clients over the years.  There is also an award and client list along with a narrative of my years as a photographer / director more

Purple Popsicle / Summer in Tuscany

A 24″ x 30″ Archival Pigment Print made its way a couple of weeks ago to a new home near Grossetto in Tuscany. Love this shot. Shot 4×5 so every little ice particle is sharp. There are more in the edition, more

Windage I

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Liner Notes: Black White No.7

Probably one of the most interesting aspects of looking at a photograph for a photographer is also knowing the story behind it. It is like Horst’s Mainbocher Corset shot. The ribbon is untied, they haven’t started the commercial shoot for the Mainbocher Co., and the model has her arms up because she is wiping more

Uccello – Picchio

It is hard to believe that one little woodpecker (picchio in Italian) could decide that he had to get into our house by pecking into and through the hardest of woods, chestnut, in the lintel over our window. Anyway, he succeeded and fortunately he was discovered while working on the roof and given his/her more

Yabu Pushelberg / 1stdibs Saturday Shoppers

Our dear friends, George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg are this week’s Saturday Shoppers on 1stdibs. They are intergalactic in their talent and level of taste. Want to make the right choice? Follow their lead. Here they chose one of my photos, “Twins Entwined” that they have had in their personal collection since it was more

Assistants: Can’t Thank Them Enough

We have been extraordinarily lucky to have had some of the best assistants one could ever find. I was incredibly lucky to have my wife, Beverly – an art history graduate, help me and she still continues to. The assistants that I have had are now family and I want to thank them each more

Look Back

After all the years of shooting where you just keep moving on to the next project, I thought it might be time to look through the archive. To see if there were things that I shot that I wasn’t even aware of at the time of their value. Time to revisit the contacts, the more