Symbolic Expressionism & Abstract Landscapes
I like to leave a lot up to what the materials do naturally; when paint scumbles over a broken surface, how unmixed colours blend in the eye, or the way different viscosities of paint flow and scrape over gesso. I enjoy it when it’s apparent what I've done; when the viewer can see my process in the paint.
I for a few years I have been exploring the symbolic 'language of landscape' in an 'a la prima' (in one session), or more technically a 'fa presto' style (in an instant), creating spontaneous abstract paintings quickly in one sitting. I work fast to preserve the immediacy of the strokes, and avoid over-working. I don't generally use photo references when I perform and the paintings are often improvised creative expressions.
I coined 'Symbolic Expressionism' to describe my graphic/textural works, though it can be just as aptly be applied to my knife-painted landscapes and 'Quantum Maps'. I use bold, binary, symbolized images, most often the human face and nude human form, to concretely establish a subjective narrative; this allows the viewer to contemplate expressive abstract contemporary paintings, non-traditional applications, materials and designs, which they might not with non-representative art.
I have always painted, drawn and created. However, it was playing in David Bolduc's Annex studio with Chris which most inspired me to become a professional artist; to be a painter. After high school, I attended The Art Centre in downtown Toronto, just blocks from where I grew up. After Ten years of full-time work as a graphic designer in Toronto's fashion industry, I looked for a change of pace.
I now live with my partner Jen in Wortley Village, London, Ontario, where I paint, illustrate, perform and teach.
Contact me if you would like to arrange a visit my studio or at the Art With Panache Gallery, commission a painting, plan a 'Paint Party', group event or Salon, schedule a performance, or to sign up for lessons.
Media + Press Coverage
I have been covered by a number of newspapers and magazines for my fine art painting and community work.
Here are a few examples:
Here are a few examples:
Sharing My Love of Art with Everyone - Fine Art and Accessibility
I want to bring art to as many people as possible. I love teaching and helping people to discover what they want from art, and adapting the lessons to best aid them in achieving their own personal art goals.
A few years ago my experience as an art instructor took an amazing turn. I have been an occasional instructor with "Possibilities in Paint" here in London, where I have had the pleasure of working with many very promising artists with a variety disabilities. I have been inspired by them and I have reconnected more deeply with my own art through these amazing classes. I believe that there is a real need for more high quality art instruction that is available and accessible to people, especially seniors and those living with disabilities.
"All art is therapy."
If you would like to arrange for a creative art therapy painting session, I offer special rates for people with living with disabilities.