I have defined myself as an “artist” for as long as I can remember. I struggle with that title sometimes, for a variety of reasons, but in the end, it is who I am, how I see the world, and how I want others to know me.
I was born in Ottawa, Ontario, in 1974 but grew up with my parents and
two brothers in Farrellton, Quebec, a small town north of Wakefield. By
the time I was in kindergarten, I was already teaching classmates how
to draw. On the first day of school, when the other kids were drawing
stick-figure renditions of their families, I was working on “Scarecrow
in the Rain”. It was no masterpiece, mind you, but I like to think
the creative subject matter reflected my early artistic tendencies.
I studied Fine Arts for two years at Heritage College in Gatineau, Quebec, graduating as Valedictorian with a couple of art awards under my belt. I continued to paint, both as a hobby and for extra income, while completing a degree in English Literature at the University of Ottawa. Much of my art from this time was commissioned and now lives in the homes of friends, family and former co-workers all over the city.
I currently live in Ottawa, Ontario, where I am fortunate enough to be able to pursue my artistic passions alongside a challenging but part-time career as a public servant. I truly have the best of both worlds. I have exhibited my work in a couple of venues over the last couple of years, and I am working towards participating in more art shows and displaying my work more regularly.
My style is a little like me – it’s hard to pin down. Vibrant colour and movement are a key theme in most of my pieces, but I enjoy the freedom of working in a variety of media, including oils, acrylics, ink and watercolour, and pencil. I am inspired by nature and music and beauty, so I can find myself painting a very detailed landscape one day, or a more fluid abstract the next.
In general, my art isn’t about proving a point or making any kind of grandiose political statement. I paint because I enjoy it, I paint to express myself and to create some sort of joy – but I can’t honestly say that I’m trying to change the world. My paintings are not filled with hidden meaning – they are filled with me, with things I find moving or interesting or beautiful. If the moments or emotions in my art strike a chord with someone else, well, that’s my connection with the world and that’s all I can hope for.
In the past, I have exhibited at
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