The area of my research is figurative painting and drawing with a specialization in portraiture and the figure. In the formal discipline of painting, my work is informed by impressionism, realism, and abstract expressionism. The human experience, particularly how people engage with one another, is an important theme in my work. I create paintings that address social conflict, cultural identity, history, myth, narrative, and man’s relationship to the environment.

Development and Execution

Each painting takes approximately two months to develop and involves an elaborate sequence of preparation including sketching, gathering and collaging imagery, building three dimensional models, anatomical and topographical sketches, model photo shoots, ratio scaling, applying an underpainting, and finally executing the pieces themselves. This exercise has resulted in many sketches and drawings, some of which I have exhibited separately from the painted works. Generally, I paint from photo collages and occasionally live models. The surface of my paintings range from thick impasto to a thin glaze.

Ideas and Inspiration

Ideas come from research of other contemporary and historical artists, daily observations, words, artist residencies, theatre productions, contemporary dance videos, movies, or new media. I enjoy working in series – using multiple images to address one aspect of a theme, whether it be a viewpoint or an event in time. Formally and conceptually each image must be unique and complex, while satisfying the overarching thematic concerns of the project.

Bio

I graduated with a BFA from the University of Alberta in 1998 and an MFA from the University of Calgary in 2000.  I have received three Elizabeth Foundation Awards, several grants from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, BC Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts, and a President’s SSHRC from the University of Saskatchewan.  In the last ten years, I produced over thirty large scale paintings, mounted thirteen solo, three two-person, and several group exhibitions in Canada, United States, Switzerland, Germany, Greece, the Czech Republic, India, and China. I teach as an Associate Professor (Painting/Drawing), Department of Art and Art History, University of Saskatchewan, Canada.