I was born in Vancouver, BC and reside in Richmond, a city just south of Vancouver. I began drawing at a very early age, I had a natural talent in art and quickly became known as the class artist. I began traditional oil painting at the age of 11. I spent much of my teenage years experimenting and using different materials and objects in my paintings and sculptural work. I still enjoy incorporating new and unusual methods with that of more traditional ways.
After graduating High School with Honors and receiving a district art scholarship I was accepted into the renowned Emily Carr University of Art and Design. I was awarded four scholarships while there and received a Bachelors Degree in Fine Art, majoring in Studio; Sculpture and Painting, in 1996. I also took the opportunity to attend art school in Berlin, Germany, as an exchange student. While there I studied Art History, traditional oil painting and sculpting, spending one year in Europe. I was drawn to and influenced by the abundance of Old Masters works and the history within the landscape. I paint with oils and acrylics on canvas, and for over 17 years I have also been painting on glass or thick clear acrylic panels in a unique reverse process. The reflection of light that comes from the paintings creates a luminescent and powerful effect, it glows from within.
My visions, images and ideas for the work I create are sometimes loosely based from memory and my photography, but mostly from images imagined. I begin a piece and it just evolves as I go. I feel constantly driven to create and am happiest when my ideas are flowing from mind to matter. I am traditionally trained in drawing and oil painting techniques and find this to be a great foundation in building up my more modern, stylized painting that I am recognized for today. For almost 30 years I have been studying and practicing old and modern masters techniques in colour, value, contrast, and composition. I have focused on elements that inspire me to work which has evolved into my dramatic, bold and colourful signature style. I still keep up with my more traditional oil painting techniques, I love the smell of oils and paint thinner 🙂
1992-96: Emily Carr University of Art & Design – Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art
1996: Kwantlen University College – Diploma in Fine Art
1995: Kunsthochschule Weissensee, art school, Berlin, Germany
1992: Graduated with Honours, Mathew McNair
Workshops, Private courses and Continuing Education
Acrylic painting workshops with artists Anna Black, David Langevin and Nancy O’Toole
Encaustic Painting with Thea Haubrich
Oil painting workshops with artists Meadow Gist, David Goatley and Brent Lynch.
Oil painting classes with Michael Abraham and Paul Chizik
1 year of private oil painting lessons with artist Lucille Mars
Other courses in: Bone Carving, Sculpture in Clay, Wood, Wax, Metal, Ceramics and Raku, Woodworking, Leaded Stained Glass, Wrought iron work, Blown glass, Bronze, metals, and plaster casting.
City of Richmond Mayors Art Award for ‘Artistic Innovation’
The Federation of Canadian Artists, Award of Excellence
The Friends of Emily Carr Scholarship
Peoples Choice Award, Surrey Art Gallery
The Maria Greczmiel Scholarship for Visual Arts
The Brissenden Scholarship
The Community Arts Council of Richmond, Visual Arts Scholarship
Richmond District Scholarship for Excellence in Visual Arts
Mathew McNair Achievement Award in Visual Arts Scholastic Honor Roll Award
The Richmond Hospital Foundation www.richmondhospitalfoundation.com
Richmond Art Gallery www.richmondartgallery.org
BC Lions Society www.eaglesinthecity.com
Society of Richmond Children’s Centres www.richmondchildcare.org
Gateway Theatre www.gatewaytheatre.com
Big Heart Rescue Society www.bigheartrescue.com
Crossroads Hospice Society www.crossroadshospice.bc.ca
Ronald McDonald House www.rmhc.org
Richmond Minor Hockey www.richmondminorhockey.com