When did you know you wanted to be an artist?
I think since I was in high school. I noticed that the more I practiced, the better the drawings were.
What do you think you would be doing if you weren’t an artist?
I’m a high school teacher and counsellor full time, so I am a part time artist these days.
Have you found any other artists on Squinkbox whose work you admire?
I like the photos of Jacqueline Koh, and the portraits of Molly McLure
Could you tell us about your artistic background and what made you decide to become an artist?
I studied for one year only in the visual arts program at Université de Moncton in Canada. I then switched into the education program.
What advice could you give to young artists starting out?
Just do what you love to do and practice often.
What project are you currently working on?
Some seascapes and landscapes in acrylic. I also do some abstracts just to change the way I think and see things.
What artists, writers, academics, curators and other creative thinkers have influenced your art?
Early on, I was influenced by nature artists like Robert Bateman, realist artist Ken Danby, then the pop artists Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein influenced my Pop Art phase.
I then appreciated the abstract work of Jackson Pollock. And of course Picasso.
What made you want to take part in a curated collaboration with Squinkbox?
I thought it would be a fun project to take on.
Who inspires you the most?
These days, I am more inspired by my surroundings here in Nova Scotia then any one person.
What is your greatest indulgence in life?
I play the drums in two music groups. And I love to travel.
Why do you love what you do?
Being creative is what drives me to be better in my art and life.