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I have focused on the Western tradition of depiction, of offering a singular, convincing vision of the actual.  I have found slow drying oil paints to be ideal for my slow working method, and working with images of human figures sufficiently challenging and rewarding to the same degree.

             I aim to explore beyond the creation of three-dimensional illusions on the painting surface, to sculpt the actual with every single brush stroke. My approach involves investigating the relationships between various textures within the picture.  My use of impasto does not have so much to do with the actual texture of skin or the surfaces of objects; rather, it is the result of layer upon layer of reconstruction including shaving off overly textured surfaces.  As a result, a finished painting is my repeated and accumulated attempts on the picture plane to create images animated by the tension between the visual and the tactile.




2008 ~ 2010            University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada

                                   MFA(studio art)


2001 ~ 2002            Florence off-campus study, Florence, Italy

                                   Drawing and painting, art history


1999 ~ 2002            Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto, Canada

                                   AOCAD, Graduated with a major in drawing and painting


1997 ~ 1998            Langara College, Kwantlen Polytechnic University,  Vancouver, Canada

                                   Fine Art fundamentals






Sep. 2009 ~ Dec. 2009             Instructor for Introduction to Painting, Art111.3 - University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon

                                                     · Curriculum development

                                                     · Planning and organizing lectures on related subjects

                                                     · Individual and group critiques

                                                     · Student counselling


Jan. 2009 ~ Apr. 2009               Teaching Assistant for Introduction to Painting Art111.6 - University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon

                                                     · Individual critiques and assistance with grading

                                                     · Organizing and planning models for the department


Apr. 2007                                    Juror for "The Art of Figure" Show  - Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto


Jan. 2006 ~ Apr. 2007               Instructor for Figure Drawing III, Drawing Fundamentals - Centennial College, Toronto

                                                     · Planning and organizing lectures on various subjects 

                                                     · Student evaluation and critiques




Grants and Awards


Mar. 2010               Elizabeth Greenshields Grant, Montreal


Oct. 2007                Kingston Prize for Canadian portraiture (winner), Kingston


Jun. 2007                Elizabeth Greenshields Grant, Montreal


Nov. 2003               Elizabeth Greenshields Grant, Montreal


May. 2000              Eric Freifeld Award, OCAD, Toronto




Group & Solo Exhibitions


Aug. 2015           The First Five: Portraits from The Kingston Prize – Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston, ON


Dec. 2014           Go Figure: Year-end figure drawing show – Myungdong Art Academy, Seoul, Korea


Apr. 2011            Fundraiser Show for Rudelle Residency - Lonsdale Gallery, Toronto


Oct. 2010            Solo show: "Effigies" - Gordon Snelgrove Gallery, Saskatoon


Feb. 2010            MFA Group Show “Menagerie” - Gordon Snelgrove Gallery, Saskatoon


Jan. 2009             MFA Group Show “It’s not about landscape” - Gordon Snelgrove Gallery, Saskatoon


May. 2007           The Figure Show - Lipman Gallery, Toronto


Oct. 2006            "First Kiss" - Spin Gallery, Toronto


Jan. 2005             Annual juried drawing show - John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto


Nov. 2003            Solo show - Here and Now Gallery, Toronto


Sep. 2001            XOXO - Florence, Italy


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