Size: 20" x 16"
Size: 16" x 20"
I am a Canadian contemporary visual artist, using mostly acrylics as a medium. I lived most of my life on the banks of the Ottawa River, where I grew up. My art is therefore inspired by my Ottawa Valley childhood, with the river as my favourite playground. I was born in Pembroke, Ontario, but now reside in Ottawa where I have a studio.
I enjoy painting inspirational or captivating scenes. Water, as to be expected, has a special attraction for me and I love to show its beauty and power. Water scenes have become a favourite subject and are often illustrations of my time spent at the family cottage at Golden Lake, but they also show some sceneries I marvelled at while travelling by boat or car in Atlantic Canada.
I make art because it fulfills a creative need in myself. I enjoy particularly its meditative side. I am passionate about my art and enjoy being fully immersed into the subject while painting.
For me, a painting should tell a story and provide interest to the viewer. I am attentive to colours and composition in expressing various moods or in presenting action scenes. I am particularly moved when a person reacts or feels an emotion by looking at my art.
I am mostly self taught but enhanced my techniques with a number of courses and art classes with various teachers and institutions.
I continue to explore the medium with the approach of using vivid colours, imagery and emotion to tell a story. My art is heavily influenced by the realist painters as well as several of the neo-impressionist and classical painters. I attempt to make sense of my world in my paintings.
As an artist, I believe that the process of creating is both conscious and impulsive. While a painting is in progress, I imagine various images unto the uncompleted work and often the final artwork may be quite different than the original concept I had at the beginning. The painting has a life of its own…
I perceive nature as perfect and feel humble when trying to replicate its beauty on canvas. I look forward growing into my art and exploring new media and themes. One of my interest is to combine more elements of figurative into my themes of landscape and seascapes.
I exhibited at several shows and galleries in Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto and the United States. My works now hang in private, public and corporate collections throughout Quebec, Ontario, the U.S. and Europe.