Bio and Artist Statement
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, BC, 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 our struggle to be at one with it.
Currently, I live in Toronto with my wife, Christine and our two sons.
My work focuses on the changeable relationship we have with nature. Loving and destroying in the same breath. The darkness of the human psyche underlies many of my overtly positive and uplifting nature scenes. Oceans and forests are idealized, radiating an inner light that burns. This heightened effect corresponds to our own yearning for more, wanting to be at one with nature, to control it, to be moved by it, to tame it.
I travel extensively to photograph landscapes around the world. I look for either quiet moments in a dramatic scene, or find the drama in quiet scenes. Printing these images at canvas size, I then start the slow process of concealing and revealing areas with acrylic paint, mixing impasto techniques with splatters and scrapes, often leaving just a small area of a photo remaining. I use meditation and time spent in nature to inform my images, finding a language to express the connection between inner and outer worlds. These mixed media paintings blur the lines of realism and experience, photography and painting.
I'm a Canadian artist with work featured internationally 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 and US that exhibit and sell my work to clients around the world.