Originally from London, Ontario, Canada, I've lived in many places including Lindsay, ON, Prince George, BC, and Vancouver, BC, just to name a few. Before moving to Orlando, FL my family and I lived in Hermosa Beach, CA, for twenty years.
I studied at the Otis College of Art and Design and received a scholarship to the Rhode Island School of Design’s study abroad program, traveling to Pont Aven, France. I went on to receive my Master of Fine Arts degree in painting from the University of Southern California. My art has been exhibited in galleries and museums internationally and across the United States.
Professionally, I am online faculty in the Liberal Arts Department of the Los Angeles Film School where I teach Contemporary Art and Innovative & Immersive Art. In the past, I taught at my alma mater, Otis College of Art and Design, and worked for ACME gallery, the Los Angeles Museum of Art, and the Eli Broad Foundation.
About my recent paintings
Color and materiality are two important elements of my work. I create dynamic, abstract paintings that balance gestural abstraction and complex color relationships. My process involves several steps. Initially, I plan out the composition being mindful of a balance between the texture-shaped forms and colors where I’m usually after something bold and eye-catching. Then I work on the color sections with a looser structure of unexpected elements that change depending on the adjacent colors and shapes. From there I transfer the image to the canvas.
I work on canvas stretched over wood panels as it a surface that is both durable enough to support heavily impastoed passages while at the same giving me a little tooth so the work has an organic feeling. The larger works have a physicality that encourages the viewer to be immersed in the image whereas the smaller works invite a more intimate focus of the materiality, subtlety of color, and brushwork. Regardless of the size, I work vertically on a flat-mounted rotating easel, think ship's wheel, or a propeller blade, that the frames can be temporarily mounted to. This allows me to do line work at any angle easily while still having the flexibility to move and work on large canvases that are still wet.
I'm most comfortable working in series as I explore different combinations of colors, textures, and compositions in related paintings.