16 December 2011

Tell us a little bit about yourself, where do you come from and where is your journey going to?

I was raised outside of Toronto, educated in Halifax at NSCAD University ( and in Waterloo, and now work downtown Toronto in a live/work studio loft where I paint and read as often as possible.  I have no plans to settle into a city, and I feel as though Toronto may be temporary, and I think any city should be considered temporary.

How would you describe your style?
I learn from mistakes and progression directly on the canvas, so paintings come quickly and continuously when I dedicate time in the studio.  Not all are successful, but the works exhibited and published are at a level I am happy with.  Paint is a very important medium to me, as it allows freedom that other languages do not - perhaps it is my attraction to the contrasting structure of the written word that allows my painting to become as intuitive as it is.  I create environments with strokes and the fluidity of paint, and by doing so, hopefully be inventive enough to allow people to enter the spaces I make, and to create fictions and narratives that may or may not exist.

Something you want the world to know about you?

If I weren't a painter, I would be a cook - and if not a cook, a filmmaker - like Lynch, or maybe Soderbergh.

What keeps you motivated and inspires you go to on every day?

Number one, like many artists, is the desire to produce... even if there aren't many shows in the near future, I feel as though I am replicating the environment around me with influences that have become absorbed in my creative consciousness - books, films, people on the subway, moments of solitude - they're all in my paintings.

What can we accept from you in 2012, any concrete plans?

I start 2012 with a solo exhibition called All Stones Can Be Moved which is a large body of work based on Jose Saramago's book "The Stone Raft".  In it, the works represent displacement and temporary habitation, as well as a group show at O'Born Contemporary downtown Toronto called After The End - all the works are about renewal beyond a fractured environment.  Then a vacation to Victoria BC and possibly Ireland to experience the land and drink the whiskey.

italian or chinese?

Chinese - my wife's parents were born in Hong Kong and Shanghai, so I've been heavily involved in the customs and language for quite a few years.  Also, if you're talking about food, the Italians have nothing on the Chinese.  Ha!