Artist Statement

As a young child I had a need to be creative, which resulted in me expressing myself through art and photography.  This unexplainable need grew 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 studied in the classical realist tradition. Seeing the progress that I 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 had the opportunity to attend this school where I met my mentor Fernando Freitas who with patience, kindness, and humour continued to refine my skills in learning how to see.

In the fall of 2017 I received a scholarship to spend a week in BC with artist Robert Bateman.  It was a wonderful opportunity for me to learn from one of Canada's great master artists.  I have admired his work for a long time and now to know the stories behind many of them makes me appreciate them even more.  The knowledge that I received from him will continue to help me in my career moving forward and his appreciation of my work gives me the incentive to keep on going.  

​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.

As I walk down this path 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. 

 

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Education

  • 2009 - 2018
    Academy of Realist Art - Toronto, Ontario

Memberships

  •  International Guild of Realism (IGOR)
  • Pencil Art Society (PAS)

Awards

 

  • 2018 - 3rd Place Winner in Daily Paintworks Contest for November 2018 - "If I Were King" (Graphite and White Chalk)
  • 2017 - Scholarship received from Hollyhock Leadership Centre to attend artist Robert Bateman's "Master Artist's Seminar"
  • 2015 - Special Recognition for the Use of Pencil with Mixed Media - "If I Were King" (Graphite and White Chalk)
    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
    Edinburgh Square Heritage & Cultural Centre Juried Art Exhibit
  • 2008 - Honourable Mention, Landscape
    Edinburgh Square Heritage & Cultural Centre Juried Art Exhibit

Group Exhibitions

 

  • 2018 - McMaster Innovation Park Art In the Workplace 28th Exhibition - Hamilton, Ontario
  • 2018 - McMaster Innovation Park Art In the Workplace 27th Exhibition - Hamilton, Ontario
  • 2018 - Edinburgh Square Heritage & Cultural Centre - Caledonia, Ontario
  • 2018 - Edinburgh Square HPC Photography Exhibit - Caledonia, Ontario
  • 2018 - McMaster Innovation Park Art In the Workplace 26th Exhibition - Hamilton, Ontario
  • 2017 - Academy of Realist Art New Masters Christmas Exhibition and Sale - Toronto, Ontario
  • 2017 - King and Queens Gallery - Hamilton, Ontario
  • 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