The son of an avid gardener and painter (my mother), as well as the son of a life-long sailor (my father), I was born to love the land and the oceans.
My formal education took place at the University of Alberta, where I received a Bachelor of Design in 1995. The following year, I moved to Vancouver, where I lived between the mountains and ocean. I hiked, sailed, and I undertook a practice of meditation. It was during this time that I began exploring the sense of the sacred I feel in natural settings. This is where I found inspiration to use painting as a means of drawing connections between the natural environment and spirituality.
Currently, I live in Toronto with my wife, Christine and our son, Otto. I continue to travel extensively, photographing places that feel alive to me.
I've grown up with a wonderful ease and enjoyment from taking long nature walks and spending time on the water. The feelings of being grounded and expansive on these outings are so rich that it's easy to make spiritual associations to it. In trying to recreate these experiences, I attempt to capture the emotional memory of a place instead of a documentary style image. This allows for a scene to be coloured by our experience, highlighting some features while others fade away or meld into some other vague memory. In the way that our minds can fuse together different memories into one event, I've made most of my landscapes from different views along the journey, adding a path here, removing trees there. The glass-like coating of resin which seals my painting adds to the dreamlike quality of the work.
Most of my paintings also include something about the mystical energy of nature and revealing of a hidden magical world. Many of the landscape scenes are less about location and more about the boundaries between reality and mystical happenings. Most of the occurrences happen in the skies, where unusual atmospheric events and swirling energies turn familiar scenes into something other worldly. In the way that animals detect danger in the air before we do, I use flocks of birds as both messengers and bringers of these events. It's intentionally unclear if the swirling lines are flight paths of the birds or some electrical storm that has brought this other world to us. It is up to the viewer to decide what these events are about.
I'm a well known Canadian artist with work featured in galleries, art fairs, magazines, tv programs and many private collections. I am based in Toronto, Canada and work with a great team of galleries across Canada that exhibit and sell my work to customers all over the world.