After graduating from the Ontario College of Art in 95, painting the north was a natural homecoming for me. Growing up it was where I spent my summers and weekends. Growing older I’ve realized the impact it made on my life and work. I relocated my home and studio from Toronto to Lakefield ON, in the Kawarthas, to be closer to my inspiration. When painting, I reference photos I’ve taken usually only days prior so the image and feeling is still fresh in my mind. Each piece starts as a small oil sketch, where I focus on colour and composition, this then may or may not lead to a larger canvas. I try to paint every day. This is important for my work as well as my well being.