Photo by Alex Pearson
I was born in Hamilton, Ontario in 1972 and grew up in the neighbouring town of Burlington. I was a creative kid, obsessed with drawing and lego and in love with old houses.

In 1992 I enrolled in the Communication & Design department at the Ontario College of Art but dropped out after less than two years. I subsequently worked in restaurants, a video store and eventually opened an antique store on Queen St. West in Toronto.

My painting career began accidentally in 1999 when a fledgling offered me space in a small group show. The show sold out and that gave me confidence to make a go of it. I closed the antique store and the gallery moved into the storefront.

Travelling around North America I participated in numerous art fairs and met a lot of great gallery folks. Within a couple years of starting out, I was selling work in Boston, Seattle, Austin, Nashville, Atlanta, Chicago and New York.

I've always painted houses, but it took about 2 years to figure out the technique I use today. I achieve my texture in several layers. I cover my canvases with a thick coat of an acrylic polymer, then 'carve' the wet putty with paint scrapers, knives and brushes. A thin splash of brown paint is applied as an undercoat and finally I finish it with oils. I like to mix my colours in large batches and fill my own tubes, allowing each series to share a common, consistent palette.

After 20 years in Toronto, in 2011 I packed everything up and moved to Lunenburg, Nova Scotia where I was able to afford the big old house I'd always wanted.