I have been drawing since I was three years-old, but I began to discover my true passion, Portraiture, at around the age of twelve: since then Portraiture has been my preferred genre, and even when I do diverge from it on occasion my subject matter still has a tendency to fall within the 'human' (or 'creature') realm. I always felt compelled to draw, but by the time I reached adolescence there was something about drawing faces with various expressions -particularly those of characters from movies or TV shows that resonated strongly with me- that I found to be especially cathartic and spiritual. I feel that Portraiture has allowed me to explore the 'human condition': I am fascinated by the range of human emotion and the depth of the human psyche, so being able to capture moments that convey this complexity is appealing to me.
More recently I have turned my attention from pencil-drawing to painting, and to capturing a wider range of people in my work. I approach this by altering photos I or someone in my family have taken in an artistic way on my computer (by adding a colour filter, cropping them to emphasize one aspect more than another, etc.), and then rendering the images on canvas using acrylic paint. Painting is a more time-consuming and complicated process than drawing (perhaps needless to say), but I feel that the injection of colour gives the artwork a life that pencil on its own cannot necessarily achieve. The bulk of my work is in pencil and I still love using this medium, but painting has opened up a whole new world of colour that I am excited to be exploring.
I had the privilege of exhibiting my artwork during June and July, 2017 at Studio 4 Tattoo Parlour on St. Paul Street, St. Catharines (ON), which was an enriching experience for me as an artist, and last July, 2018, my art was on display at the popular Mahtay Cafe & Lounge (also on St. Paul Street, St. Catharines). I was thrilled to have been accepted into the 2019 juried Pelham Art Festival, at which I exhibited my artwork Mother's Day weekend (May 10th, 11th & 12th) at the Meridian Center in Fonthill (ON), and I was also happy to have been accepted into the 2019 juried Art at the Pumphouse, at which I exhibited my artwork this August 3rd & 4th in Niagara-on-the-Lake (ON). It is my aim this year as well to exhibit my work at Twist Gallery in Toronto alongside members of the union I work within as a scenic painter for the Toronto Film Industry, IATSE 873.
June & July, 2017 exhibit at Studio 4 Tattoo Parlour on St. Paul Street (St. Catharines, ON)
July, 2018 exhibit at Mahtay Cafe & Lounge on St. Paul Street (St. Catharines, ON)
2019 Pelham Art Festival booth -May 10th, 11th & 12th (Mother's Day weekend)- at the Meridian Center in Fonthill, ON
2019 Art at the Pumphouse display (August 3rd & 4th) at the Pumphouse in Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON