My art practice combines painting and drawing. I have been working primarily with paint for the past six years and have been painting landscapes since 2010. Since completing a cultural-theory heavy Master of Fine Arts program, I have been increasingly interested in the technical properties of painting in oil, acrylic and watercolour.
I work with painting to explore its material properties first and foremost. Paint’s propensity to drip, smear, puddle, pool and coagulate provides a visceral interaction with a substance that is fundamental to my interests in dualities between control and chance, beauty and ugliness, the clean and the dirty, the material and the support, as well as between the material and the image.
My secondary concern is the subject matter within many of the works. I gain inspiration from contemporary writing and found photographs, often using elements from these sources as the foundations for a process-based painting or drawing.
I also have a busy teaching practice, in various locations including my own studio in North Vancouver as well as contracts at the University of British Columbia, Emily Carr University, and the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts.