I was born and raised in rural Northern New Brunswick, Canada, and made Ottawa my new home in 1994 when I moved here to study first political science, and then public administration at Carleton University.
Creating art had always been a main interest of mine, but it wasn’t until I was in my twenties that I truly began to explore various media, first dabbling in oils and pastel drawings, and then creating small mixed media postcards with hand-carved rubber stamps, ink and postage stamps. I eventually transitioned to acrylics, and this remains my primary medium today.
As my interest in artistic endeavours grew, I pursued formal fine art and graphic design study part time at the Ottawa School of Art and Algonquin College before setting aside my career in public policy to follow my love of art full time in 2016. No matter how passionate I was about the policy issues I was working on, I always turned to art creation in order to satisfy a need for making tangible and colourful things.
Initially, my art was very realistic, and primarily reflected my love of travel. The beautiful landscapes of Peru, Chile, Bolivia, Argentina, Egypt, Morocco, Greece, Spain, Portugal, Turkey and Costa Rica were my main source of inspiration. More recently, my paintings evolved to reflect inner landscapes and became increasingly abstract.
My technique involves layering multiple very thin coats of watery acrylic paint to give a sense of depth while letting a certain luminosity emerge. This creates a translucent effect that has become my signature style.