Where do you live?
I live in a century old home in the downtown of a city just outside Toronto Canada called Brampton. My studio is in a building about 2 blocks from my home.
What are your favorite things about your city?
Because I live in the downtown I can walk to so many places, and we have a beautiful park a block away with a gorgeous outdoor skating trail in the winter, and rollerblading in the summer.
What are some emotions you try and bring to some of your work?
In my work I really try to have a sense of mystery, some ambiguity that leaves room for the viewer to wonder and contemplate. I also try to have a bold & somewhat simple composition at a distance, but upon closer inspection reveals much more complexity.
What are some events or tendencies in the world today that affects the way you work?
I have realized that creating something beautiful is not frivolous at all but rather a necessity in the harsh realities of our world today.
Do you have some favorite periods in art or design story?
Although I started out with a much more realistic style…I’m an Abstract Expressionist at heart! I also really identify with the Bay Area Figurative artists.
Tell us a little bit about yourself. How did you get started and what made you want to become a designer/artist?
I was always drawing and being creative from a very early age and there was nothing else I wanted to do. The only time in my life when I wasn’t drawing or painting was a period of time when I owned and operated a restaurant. But that was a great experience too….for different reasons!
What is the atmosphere of your studio like? Do you have any sort of rhythm or process when starting a new project?
It’s funny but over time my studio time has become quieter and quieter. I used to get energy from loud music but I’ve gradually become quieter and more purposeful and focused.
What are some of the things you like best about being an artist/designer?
I love being in a position of constantly learning and discovering, and getting better as I get older!