Visual art has been my major drive since childhood. After studying Fine Arts at the University of Alberta, I spent several years in illustration and graphic design, working in pen and inks to create drawings for children’s books, educational material, advertising, and other projects. In 2002 I joined the Calgary FCA group and turned my full attention to acrylic painting.
As my commitment grew, I relocated to a live/work studio in east Vancouver to focus on the wonderful urban landscape. The companionship of other artists in the Arc building was a huge motivation for productivity and personal progress. Seeing and hearing the busy port and railyards from my studio window was stimulating and exciting, while daily walks through interesting neighbourhoods provided me with all the imagery I could want.
After five years of intense city life, I moved to Courtenay, where I continue to paint from my home studio, and also periodically refresh my visual senses with travel, especially to our Pacific Northwest cities. Periods spent in Texas also piqued my interest in vintage imagery and rootsy Americana, contributing an additional trajectory to my work. My work has been shown in and around the lower mainland and Island, including the CVAG, Red Gallery (Victoria), Federation Gallery, Gachet, Havana, Britannia, Artemis (North Vancouver) Old Schoolhouse, (Qualicum), and others. I work in acrylics, and would categorize my work as contemporary realism.