I am totally captivated the moment our eyes meet. I am up close and personal with my wildlife subjects, on their turf. I am right inside their enclosures with them at their sanctuary homes. My process begins there, in that moment, and is followed with quick sketches and photographs. Only wild visions captured in this manner are created on my easel. I enjoy collecting and arranging memories in the form of still life paintings.
I paint commission pet portraits and work from client's photos or my own reference shots.
I grew up creating art. I had my first solo show at the Latcham Gallery in Stoufville, Ontario at the age of 16. I began my professional art career in 2009. I was featured that year in Pie Magazine and was the Feature Artist for Kempenfest with a profile in the official guide. My first submitted and accepted painting juried into the Pastel Artists of Canada ( PAC) show won People's Choice Award that same year. Having been granted Signature Status with the Pastel Artists Canada in 2011, I went on to win Honorable Mention in 2012. That same year I was accepted into the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS ) Web Exhibition. In 2013, I attained the highest award granted by PAC, Master Pastel Artist Award. I currently volunteer on the exectutive for the Pastel Artists of Canada as the Promotions Co-ordinator. I conduct workshops in my own studio and for the local art club, as well as private and semi-private lessons. I am currently working on my second local gallery exhibit for summer 2017.
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