Your realistic and evocative painting style captured my attention. Your work represents a clear appreciation and connection with nature. What inspires this predominant choice of subject matter?
As a kid I felt a little afraid of people and what they are capable of, animals and insects seem to have these great, simple lives with a very clear path.
You are a self-taught artist. How has your passion for the arts evolved?
I know exactly when and how it started! I drew a horse in grade one and my parents were super impressed. From there I just didn’t stop. As for continuing to learn, I’m constantly picking something new to improve on like colour, composition, and lights sources. I’ll do it until I get a compliment on it, but I almost always circle back to it for fine tuning. The more challenging the painting, the easier it seems to focus on. Right now I’m really trying to put more contrast in because that’s what I’ve been admiring in other’s work.
You have drawn inspiration from the great Canadian painter, Robert Bateman. What inspires you about Bateman’s work?
When I was a kid I used to go to the mall and there was a Poster World that sold his prints. I couldn’t believe how he could paint fur. It blew my mind.
You live on the very lovely Sunshine Coast. Have your surroundings impacted your style of work?
The Sunshine Coast is so beautiful. I think the other artists out here have had more influence than the setting. But the intangible vibe has definitely taken me somewhere.
You have spent the last five years travelling the Americas, painting in places like Mexico. Can you tell me more about this amazing experience?
Every studio I set up is different so there are limitations and benefits to each. In Baja I was painting in a half finished home with wind surfing sales covering the windows. It was full of dust and at night moths would get stuck in the paint and bars would shot on my work. There it made sense to use acrylic and metal leaf. It was not exactly ideal but it was fun to adapt. A great experience!
What’s next for you on your creative journey? Do you have any upcoming projects you are working on?
I am currently taking the year to work on a private solo show in Los Angeles. I am very excited to try a lot of new things, both aesthetically and on the business end. I will be working with Samantha BLONDTRON on some VR stuff as well, so it’s a new way of thinking. I’m excited all the time, lol. We’re shooting for April 2018.