ORIGINALS PORTRAITURE COMMISSIONS
I was born in Windsor, Ontario but only spent a few weeks there before moving on to Toronto. I was to spend a few years in Toronto before being sent to Victoria, British Columbia. From Victoria it was on to Edmonton, Alberta. It was there that I grew to become an artist and now call Sherwood Park my home.
My artistic beginnings began with pencil and ink sketches of fellow students in grade school before gradually moving on to political cartoons, watercolors, and pastels. It wasn't until I became a student of Gene Prokop and Ann Waeland that I began to seriously study and explore the techniques of the old masters and now paint exclusively in oil.
Human dignity and three aspects of human relationships with their inherent struggles, present themselves as common themes throughout my paintings.
Nature in context and as struggle: Our relationship with nature, or love of it, and our attempt to control it.
Growing up in central Edmonton, I was strongly influenced by my urban environment; first and foremost, the people, the streets, and the buildings. When visiting outside of the city, I had to reconcile on all levels, my urban experience with my rural experience and since I can only look at the world through the eyes of someone who was raised in the city, that is the context I bring to my paintings,
Both my Urban and Rural Landscapes represent my expression of the idea that the city is where our attempt at control over nature manifests itself on a day to day basis. In most urban settings, there is very little that is “natural”. My rural landscapes represent more of the natural world but usually include at least one aspect of human intervention.
My portraits and figure paintings try to explore our very complex relationship with, and very complex attempt to control, our own nature. It was originally in the city that I came to see the simple and profound dignity in almost every human endeavor and this is the idea that I try to convey.
My Nature series emphasizes the idea that the viewer’s context is equally as important as the artist’s. As with most human endeavors, there are more than one point of view and I leave it up to the viewer to decide from which point of view they want to interpret these paintings.
I continue to explore the idea that men and women always have, and always will, struggle with and eventually control all aspects of nature. This is why the statement by Pythagoras that "Man is the measure of all things" holds so much meaning to me as an artist.
If I put brush to canvas and capture, even approximately, what my mind sees when I look onto this world. Then and only then, do I consider myself successful