I have been a self employed painter since 1992. I am represented by Art Fifteen Gallery in Fort Lauderdale Florida, and the Gordon Harrison Gallery in Ottawa and I have been showing with the Art of Imagination Society all over Europe and North America since the 1990's. My unique style is representational but imaginative, often conveying complex ideas and scenarios. I am a Fine Arts graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto, my studies included a year in Florence Italy where I studied traditional renaissance painting. I live in Ottawa, Canada, the city where I grew up. I have developed my own niche in the art market, and to this day most of my livelihood is made from commissioned works for individuals and corporations.
I began selling house portraits within my community when I was still in high school. After college I began painting street scenes, as my paintings developed they became increasingly complex. Instead of people in my paintings I would often paint lurking dragons, goldfish, and nuns, characters which today are trademarks of my style. I have always had a strong sense of community which translates into my work. I have a unique style of painting in which is representational , selectively assigning size to objects according to importance in the tradition of medieval paintings. It is often said that my paintings are more like how one remembers a place or object, than how it actually looks. When I paint a city or urban environment I select subject matter that is relevant to my vision. Often I will paint a busy downtown core, and in my painting it will come across as a village. Somehow the scale makes the sense of community implicit in my paintings. My sketching and image assembly stage is complex, my large scale paintings are often constructed of hundreds of photographs which I redraw with an aerial perspective then assemble in a series of sketches, removing all unwanted materials in the process. I then reassemble the sketches into my own unique vision of the subject matter, one that is tangibly whimsical, but recognizable. An example would be reassembling New York as a walled city on a mountain. The character of the city will come across as intact, but the vision of it is unique.
I am always being asked questions about my paintings. What does it mean? What is the story you are trying to tell? For my part, I enjoy engaging the imagination of spectators. The very fact that my painting inspires questions underscores its value as a work of art. Some of the characters that inhabit my works are deliberately designed to raise questions. I paint Nuns because people have so many preconceived ideas about who they are and what they should be doing, as a result they make an excellent counterpoint in my paintings to contrast with other elements. Dragons usually represent the darker side of the male psyche in my painting, while goldfish represent our relationship to the enviornment in the scenes that unfold on my canvases.