Artist Statement

As a young child I had a need to be creative which resulted in expressing myself through art and photography. This unexplainable need has grown into a passion to continue to learn to perfect my craft. 

In 2009 I enrolled at the Academy of Realist Art in Toronto, Ontario where I continue to study in the classical realist tradition. Seeing the progress I have made in my artwork by learning a solid foundation makes this method of study more than worthwhile for me.  It is through hard work, daily practice, and the refusal to quit trying that has brought me to this point.  I am thankful to have the opportunity to attend this school where I met my mentor Fernando Freitas who with patience, kindness, and humour continues to refine my skills in learning how to see.

​With my camera I observe the world around me through a different lens so to speak. Being outdoors allows me to breathe in the beauty around me and able to capture fleeting moments I would not have seen otherwise. Going to a location that feeds my soul and capturing a moment of that place to take back with me is why photography is such a joy.

This is my personal journey through which I continue to learn about myself and my capabilites.  Whether it is through my artwork or photography, I hope to convey beauty in the simple things. 

CV

Education

  • 2009 - Present
    Academy of Realist Art - Toronto, Ontario

Memberships

  • Pencil Art Society (PAS)
  •  International Guild of Realism (IGOR)
  • Art Renewal Center (ARC)
  • Canadian Association for Photographic Art (CAPA)

Awards

  • 2015 - Special Recognition for the Use of Pencil with Mixed Media
    Pencil Art Society 2015 Online Juried Exhibition
  • 2012 - Honourable Mention, Portrait (Graphite & White Chalk)
    Edinburgh Square Heritage & Cultural Centre Juried Art Exhibit
  • 2009 - Honourable Mention, Landscape (Pastel)
    Edinburgh Square Heritage & Cultural Centre Juried Art Exhibit
  • 2008 - Honourable Mention, Landscape (Pastel)
    Edinburgh Square Heritage & Cultural Centre Juried Art Exhibit

Group Exhibitions

  • 2017 - Westland Gallery Square Foot Show - London, Ontario
  • 2016 - Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery - Toronto, Ontario
  • 2016 - Pencil Art Society International Juried Exhibition - Ottawa, Ontario
  • 2016 - Academy of Realist Art New Masters Spring Exhibition and Sale - Toronto, Ontario
  • 2016 - McMaster Innovation Park Art In the Workplace 20th Exhibition - Hamilton, Ontario
  • 2015 - Academy of Realist Art New Masters Christmas Exhibition and Sale - Toronto, Ontario
  • 2015 - Buckhorn Fine Arts Festival - Buckhorn, Ontario
  • 2015 - Pencil Art Society Online Juried Exhibition
  • 2015 - Academy of Realist Art New Masters Spring Exhibition and Sale - Toronto, Ontario
  • 2014 - Academy of Realist Art New Masters Christmas Exhibition and Sale - Toronto, Ontario
  • 2014 - Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery - Toronto, Ontario
  • 2014 - Duke Sales Office - Toronto, Ontario
  • 2014 - The Image Foundry - Toronto, Ontario
  • 2014 - Edinburgh Square Heritage & Cultural Centre - Caledonia, Ontario
  • 2014 - Academy of Realist Art New Masters Spring Exhibition and Sale - Toronto, Ontario
  • 2013 - Academy of Realist Art New Masters Christmas Exhibition and Sale - Toronto, Ontario
  • 2012 - Edinburgh Square Heritage & Cultural Centre - Caledonia, Ontario
  • 2009 - Edinburgh Square Heritage & Cultural Centre - Caledonia, Ontario
  • 2008 - Edinburgh Square Heritage & Cultural Centre - Caledonia, Ontario
  • 2007 - Rural Routes Studio Tour - Baden, Ontario
  • 2006 - Rural Routes Studio Tour - New Dundee, Ontario
  • 2006 - Castle Kilbride Group Exhibit - Baden, Ontario
  • 2005 - Castle Kilbride Group Exhibit - Baden, Ontario