“My work weaves the hard-edged, fast paced pulse of modern life with a Taoist reflection on the rhythms of nature.”

My paintings convey a range of inspiration and influence, showing up at various levels of involvement in each piece. I often contemplate ideas of identity, where it comes from, how it is formed and changes throughout one’s life and the relevence of this in the art practice. This leads me to pursue distinct bodies of work that offer their own set of questions and obstacles. Immersing myself in these seperate explorations compound in a greater overall knowledge of painting, the sum strengthened by it’s parts.

The compositions are a type of sensory memory ; rather than an attempt to replicate my inspirations, I wish to capture their vital essence, responding to their energies and imprints in an indefinite and active exchange.

I use oil paints and pigment sticks primarily, straight to the surface, or mixed with cold wax and other impasto mediums, manipulated with rubber trowels, putty and butcher knives, and various repurposed hand tools. 

My work was initially informed by early Canadian landscapes, the AbEx movement, architecture and topography. My process evolved with the incorporation of traditional Chinese landscape and ink painting.

Most recently, my imagery involves elements from an ongoing study of Japanese aesthetics, ranging from elusive traditional concepts such as Wabi-Sabi, to the modern pop culture stylings of Kawaii and Anime.

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TransArt Tokyo festival 2015