People often ask me what my “painting style” is. To this day I have never come up with a good answer. Sometimes I say “off the wall”, or “stylized figures”, always “colourful”, sometimes “with a touch of humour”.
When I graduated from the Ontario College of Art in 1989, I was painting quite realistically, with oils and always using reference, which can sometimes be restricting. It was in the next few years that I realized the beauty and the freedom of imagination. I started to stylize my figures and their surroundings, often making up stories to go with them. It helped that I’d majored in Editorial Illustration at school. I also found the beauty of acrylic paints which really work for my style of painting.
I’m frequently asked where I get my ideas. I do a lot of sketching, playing with ideas, taking my ideas a step or two or more away from reality. Because you can do that with creativity. You can do anything you want. And what can be more wonderful than that?
“Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.”