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Artist Statement

"I don't paint things. I only paint the difference between things." - Henri Matisse

Inspiration

Everyday objects, faces and scenes would inspire me to draw and revealed to me a place of total contentment.

Early in my youth, I developed a love for drawing. Everyday objects, faces, and scenes would inspire me to draw and revealed to me a place of total contentment. Originally from Ottawa, I moved to Toronto to study at the Ontario College of Art & Design. Working as a Graphic Designer for 20 years as well as running my own studio have proven to be the training ground that developed a strong work ethic and a solid tool box. The designer in me loves simple shape and bold colour while the painter in me explores light, rhythm, and personal connection. I continue to play with a careful balance between my intellectual and intuitive self.

When I travel, I take hundreds of photographs which I use as reference for the authentic details in my work. I carefully design and draw out my painting on a dark ground colour before I start to paint. Whether I am painting a portrait, a stunning Canadian landscape, or an urban street scene in Europe, my goal is to reveal the lifeforce of my subject.

 

While Henri Matisse said, “I don’t paint things. I only paint the difference between things,” my goal is to capture “the thing about the thing.” In so doing, I attempt to capture the sentient quality of all forms around us. I hope that my work is both relatable and familiar to my audience.

Capture the spirit of your special place to bring joy and colour to your everyday space.

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