2006 - 2011 Concordia University, Montreal, QC
2001 - 2006 Rosedale Heights School of the Arts, Toronto, ON
2012 Best Painting Award, The Riverdale Art Walk
2011 The Elizabeth Greenshilds Award
2011 Best Student in Painting, Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition
2011 The Shawn Downey Portrait Prize, Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition
My work exists within the tradition of narrative figure painting. Primarily I work through oil paints, a medium which has a long history within both narrative and figure painting. I take a naturalistic approach to painting – that is to say that I work to depict objects and individuals in a natural setting through a method based in observation. As I paint I let my materials show their tactility while working to keep these mediums from overcoming and dominating the image. Like the mark making of the early impressionists, my work is a balancing act between maintaining a loose hand and keeping the marks laid down controlled and deliberate. My painting mixes the reality that I observe with a deconstructed – somewhat dream-like ambience. In this way I am able to present narratives that are subjective, stories that change and evolve with each interpreter.