What drives me to paint is a sense of impermanence and a belief that there is no better way to be in the present moment than through art, either by creating it or experiencing it.
When we are alive, we have options – we can choose what we think, what we feel, and how we behave. When we lack options, walls start to close in around us, the lights seem to dim and we feel less alive. The undercurrent of my work is an attempt to demonstrate the concept of being alive through the expression of possibilities.
This sentiment is reflected in my work through the juxtaposition of elements and techniques that create movement, tension, and contrast that dissipate towards the edges of the canvas to provide a sense of expansiveness.
Going back to the beginning – I was born in Winnipeg, Canada in 1986, and have lived in California, Hawaii, and Colorado. I was 14 years old when I sold my first painting.
Later, I studied art at the University of Colorado under contemporary realist painter Chuck Forsman along with psychology.
Initially, I pursued psychology and was fortunate to co-author a couple of books with past APA President, Dr. Philip Zimbardo. His decades of research on how external variables can influence human behavior greatly impacted the lens through which I see the world. Thus, the pursuit of both truth and balance has driven my writing and research as much as it has influenced my artwork.
In 2019, I began painting full-time with a focus on modern and wildlife paintings. Regardless of subject, my style is often described by others as bold, playful, and sensual.