What inspires your art?
My inspirations come from nature and the natural beauty around us. I’ve always been able to view the world through a lens of colour, shapes, and dimensions, and have the ability to translate this into artistic expression.
Can you talk about your process? What tools do you use to create?
I begin my creations by imagining abstract renditions of images in my mind that have been formed through my life experiences. At times I even surprise myself when the process seems to take on a life of its own. I take advantage of a variety sources of mediums and continually experiment with innovative techniques. Some of my work is done with conventional paint and brush, and at other times they can involve my fingers and other non-conventional tools.
When did you first discover art? Are you self-taught or did you go to school for it?
For as long as I remember, I have been fascinated by artistic expression. I attended formal study both at York University in the Fine Arts program, and Ontario College of Art and Design. York University provided me with a deep appreciation of art history, while OCAD allowed me the freedom to express myself in an incredibly innovative, fearless manner.
What is your personal goal as an artist?
My goal as an artist is first and foremost to be proud of my creations and share my passion for the craft with as many people as possible. It gives me incredible satisfaction when others are able to derive pleasure from my creations and discover their own life-story in my work.
How do you title your artworks?
The process of naming my art is often a reflexive response to the creation. It is always spontaneous and natural as my art always conveys a strong personal message.
Do you have a particular piece that has a special connection to you?
Of all of my paintings, the one that is closest to my heart is one inspired by my children, my greatest creations.
Who are some of your favourite artists?
Having studied art history and having visited many world-famous galleries, I am awe struck and overwhelmed by the works of Picasso, Monet, Modigliani, Chagall, and Miro (although my list could go on).
What is it like to be an artist in today’s world?
Being an artist is both maddening and transformative, as I serve as my harshest critic. At the same time, the creative process allows me to escape into a state of inner peace and tranquility.
What are you passionate about?
In today’s troubled world, being an artist affords me the ability to remain optimistic and inspired.
What does “Energy” mean to you?
Energy is the life force that I derive from my family and friends, and that ultimately manifests in my artistic expression in the form of colour and movement.
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