Biography
 
I was born in London, Ontario, and from my earliest childhood can remember being fascinated with all kinds of wildlife and with trying to draw what I observed.  Photography quickly became as much of a passion as my art and it gave me a new source of subject matter - I was able to work from many of my own photos or supplement my compositions with scenes I had captured. Several years spent working strictly in pencil and pen & ink allowed me to focus on obtaining realism without the complication of adding colour.  For me, the devil is in the details and the challenge of improving my technique is one of the things that drives me to keep producing artwork.  I eventually moved on to working with colour; acrylics and coloured pencil were then my medium of choice. 

I studied Fine Art at the University of Western Ontario (London, Ontario), and went on to complete my Bachelor of Education teaching art within the public school system. I've been fortunate to have the opportunity to travel widely throughout Canada, the US, Europe, Australia, Greenland and Britain.  I always keep my camera and a small sketchbook handy to capture ideas for paintings or drawings I can complete later.  Annual trips to Point Pelee National Park and weekends spent roaming the backroads of Southwestern Ontario have fueled my store of ideas for new paintings of the wildlife and natural areas that reside in and around home.

In the last few years I've taken up the challenge of working in watercolour.  I've always been fascinated by artists who have mastered the ability to create beautifully detailed works with a medium that is so fluid and transparent.