Artist Statement and Bio
“My best creative work just happens. When I let go, when I stop thinking, I open myself to be the channel through which life can express itself.”
I like to think of each work as a room. There is always a defined amount of space, and what matters is how you use that space, and sometimes that means leaving that space untouched. You must leave space for viewers to come inside, and share and explore the perspective, the feeling, the moment, and the understanding. Those choices are what define the artist, the expression, and the statement.
I started with wildlife, drawn to the textures I could achieve with fur. I looked for subjects of greater interest in Canadian Wildlife, and the more exotic from the nearby African Lion Safari.
As I started to explore other subjects, I became drawn to the play of light and shadow. I developed a curiosity to see how much, or little was needed to create an image, enough to evoke a feeling, continuously exploring how simple lines can tell powerful stories, and how strong contrast captures our attention and imagination. "What really creates the texture and fabric of what we see?" I am always trying to answer this question, not by what I add or put into my work, but mostly by what I leave out.
I began testing the medium, seeing how far I could push my creativity using high contrast with a more abstract approach. The ultimate goal is always to tell a story.