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 am exploring the language of Landscape in an 'a la prima', or more technically a 'fa presto' style; creating abstract paintings that feel like places quickly in one sitting. I work fast to preserve the spontaneity of the strokes. I don't generally use photo references when I perform and the paintings are spontaneous. I strive to paint, not my own vision, but the best painting possible out of what is already on the canvas.
I have always painted, drawn and created. However, it was playing in David Bolduc's studio with his son Chris which inspired me to become an artist; to be a painter. After high school, I attended The Art Centre in downtown Toronto, just blocks from where I grew up in the Annex. After Ten years of full-time work as a graphic designer in Toronto's fashion industry, I looked for a change.
I now live with my partner Jen in Wortley Village in London, Ontario, where I paint, perform and teach. I opened my studio gallery space at 784 Richmond street in Spring 2016. Contact me if you would like to come and visit the studio; to see my work, commission a painting, plan a 'Paint Party' 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 really enjoy sharing my knowledge of art and, perhaps, pass on the passion for painting. I have been collecting art techniques and trivia my whole life and I am near bursting (with excitement).
I want to bring art and my love of painting to as many people as possible. I love teaching and helping students discover what they want from art, and adapting the lessons to best aid them in achieving their own personal art goals.
In the last few years my experience as an art instructor took an amazing turn. I am an occasional instructor with "Possibilities in Paint" here in London, where I have had the pleasure of working with many very promising artists with disabilities. I have been inspired by them and I have reconnected more deeply with my own art through these amazing classes. And I have realized that there is a real need for more high quality art instruction that is available to people living with disabilities.
I have opened my own artist studio, gallery and teaching space in downtown London; where I can provide private art lessons, workshops and fun Painting Parties. But most importantly I want to continue to bring art out into the community and share it with as many people as I can.
Sponsor me on Patreon if you would like to help.