My earliest memory of drawing is when I was around seven years old. I received a “How to Draw” book as a gift. I think it was about animals. My first efforts were well received by my family and I was encouraged to keep at it.
Growing up I copied anything that interested me. From Mort Drucker’s caricatures in Mad Magazine to Leonardo da Vinci’s drawings for The Battle of Anghiari and everything in between. National Geographic magazine and photos of rock stars were typical sources of inspiration.
In school I was always known as “the artist” and it was generally accepted that I would become a commercial artist when I grew up. I dreamed of becoming the next Norman Rockwell!
After graduating high school I attended the Art Centre and Bealart programs in Toronto and London, Ontario, respectively. Both schools offered excellent general art programs and instruction. I also met some amazing students and teachers who influenced me more than they know. Also, while I was in Toronto, I saw my first Van Gogh in real life. It made a huge impact on me.
Then I pursued freelance work while holding down regular jobs. I drew portraits, buildings, product brochures, logos, signs, etc. I quickly found out that although these jobs could be an exciting challenge they were creatively and financially unrewarding.
I ended up taking a full-time job in the publishing industry and married my wonderful wife. Creating art slipped from my thoughts as I focused on raising a family and making a living.
At this point in my life I find the creative spark has returned and grown stronger. Creating art is a daily part of my life and I am very grateful for it. I can’t imagine living any other way.
Up until 2013 I mostly worked in black and white. Pen or pencil. My drawings were judged by how “real” they looked. Now I can’t help but see the everyday world in colour, shape and texture. Seeing this way can create wonderful feelings. My goal is to share these feelings with you.
If I can help someone to see beauty where they didn’t see it before I will consider myself successful.
Self portrait circa 1982
Self portrait 2017