Many people are interested in the creative process. As for me, I really don’t remember anytime I was not drawing or painting. It’s a necessity of life, similar to how we all need to eat and breathe to sustain life; for me, there is a deep seated desire to create. When not painting I am thinking about the paintings I should be creating and for every one that makes it to canvas there are hundreds of others at the threshold waiting to make their debut. When painting I want to create something beautiful and unique. I am at my very best and infused with energy when painting and these feelings are conveyed in my works.
I am fascinated by people in their environment. Whenever, not in my studio, I am out photographing interesting buildings for their unique architecture. Montreal was my original playground. Now I am incorporating elements from my travels (New York, Paris, Hong Kong). The principal reason I use architecture is because of the use of prospective, draws viewers into the paintings. I want my art to take the viewer places and as I paint I want to tell a story. I use friends and family as subject matter, symbols representing my life. The figures are painted without facial features creating the illusion of ambiguity and timelessness. So, when viewers look at my work they become part of the story. My paintings are infused with an inner glow and luminosity that gives each piece a life of their own. My choice to use intense colours is done to elicit an emotional response and stir passion in those who view my work.
I originally started painting in oil but, due to health concerns, my current works are done in acrylics’ either on canvas or panel. I want to achieve an “inner glow” in my paintings. This is accomplished through my technique of painting my canvas’ completely black and then bringing out the lighter colours. Red is one of my favorite colours due to it quality of bring out the highest impact; it also gives the sense of passion, life and warmth. I know when my piece is finished when you can not pick out just one thing to look at, when the eye is drawn to the piece as a whole rather than its parts.r