I was born in Edmonton Alberta and grew up in Sherwood Park. My creativity was encouraged by my mother at an early age however was often directed in a musical fashion. I soon discovered a love for drawing. I was strongly influenced and inspired by my high school art teacher who introduced me to the figure through study of the Renaissance.
I graduated from the Alberta College of Art in 1980 with both sculpture and drawing majors. With a passion for the figure I enrolled in every anatomy class and figure drawing class available during my four years at the Alberta College of Art. “Learning to draw the figure is a challenge that can be met”. “Learning to portray the human complete with beauty, character, emotion, sensuality and all the qualities that bring us together in our relating to one another, is the true challenge, one that takes a lifetime to learn”. The figure, with its many moods and dynamic forms of expression will always be a source of inspiration to my artistic vision.
I am currently represented by the Ruberto Ostberg Gallery here in Calgary and have had exhibitions in Vancouver with the ‘Federation of Canadian Artists’. Much of my work is in private collections in Canada and the United States. My work, while almost exclusively figurative, is not contained to one medium. I work in many medium’s including watercolor, oils, charcoal, clay, bronze, copper wire and fire.
I have been teaching figure drawing for 15 years, 11 years with extended studies at ACAD in Calgary. I continue to teach figure drawing and portraiture to beginner and advanced artists in private and semi-private sessions. I am passionate about “creativity”. “Engaging your creative self is essential to being human”. “Creativity is the only way to find yourself, lose yourself and become yourself”.