I believe in traditional skills: drawing, composition, the use of colours. Techniques are vital, like knowing the language. My work combines vibrant colour and detail in the creation of cityscapes and landscapes, my favourite themes. It has primarily been based on observation.
I paint year round, in and around the Toronto area. I love hustle and bustle of busy city. I love buildings, city markets, churches and nature.
In composing a piece, I think of the subject as the setting for a drama of light and shadow play. I’m drawn to scenes that have strong light/dark elements or that have intricate patterns. I am especially fascinated by how illumination lends an aura of significance to objects, transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary. I want to freeze those moments when we catch a glimpse of something breathtaking and preserve that feeling on canvas.
My work has primarily been based on observation and photo-imagery. I carry my camera with me constantly, and I take lots of pictures. I try to record with my camera; objects, situations that draw my attention or that I find aesthetically captivating and of significance to me. Later on, I will process and store them in my computer. Afterwards, during the viewing and processing, I will choose the ones that are of interest to me, and that in some way ‘speak to me’. Those will become the basis for my paintings. I sometimes manipulate my photos, in order to convey a certain feeling or emotion, or for purely aesthetic reason.
Art has allowed me the opportunity to express and share my personal vision of the world that, to me, is both aesthetically beautiful and personally meaningful. I truly enjoy the process of creating. My brush strokes are broad and energetic. I enjoy the materiality of paint and the surfaces of my paintings are rich and textural. I’m fascinated by the sheer ability of putting paint on the surface of the canvas. To me painting has a life; a life of its own. Each painting has a personality, character, it talks, it breathes, narrates a story. I truly enjoy being part of this creation.
Painting is poetry on canvas. For me it is about the spirit of a place or an object, about the way I felt. I paint simply because I can't imagine not painting.