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Artist Statement

We are all creatures of discourse, and that is where I have chosen to reside. The crux of my work resides in the notion that we carry with us ideas and thoughts that float in our consciences. These ideas and thoughts appear and recede in a constant flow. We are inundated with a constant barrage of sound and newsbytes through the media. This constant flux of sound bytes preys on our attention and competes and occupies our thoughts and dreams. The use of lyricism in popular culture...[Continued Below]
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Artist Statement

We are all creatures of discourse, and that is where I have chosen to reside. The crux of my work resides in the notion that we carry with us ideas and thoughts that float in our consciences. These ideas and thoughts appear and recede in a constant flow. We are inundated with a constant barrage of sound and newsbytes through the media. This constant flux of sound bytes preys on our attention and competes and occupies our thoughts and dreams. The use of lyricism in popular culture and my own writing are the basis from which my work initiates.
My work focuses on the notion that we have thoughts that come forward in our mind and recede, not unlike a song which we can’t shake, whose chorus may haunt and demand your attention at the strangest of times. Using the traditional method of the triptych, I have constructed panels that compete with each other and demand our attention simultaneously. However, we cannot mentally internalize each symbol and or marking simultaneously and that is where the conflict begins.





Education:
 B. Education 2001 University of Western Ontario
 B. V.A. Honors 2000 University of Western Ontario
 F. A. Diploma 1986 Fanshawe College

 While attending the University of Western Ontario I studied under the direction of notable professors, John Hatch, Sheila Butler, David
 Merritt, Sara Hartland-Rowe and Sheila Ayearst. Main areas of concentration: painting, sculpture, art history and criticism

 While attending Fanshawe College I studied under the direction of professors Eric Atkinson, Patrick Thibert and Michael Durham.
 areas of concentration: painting, sculpture and printmaking.

Visual Arts Teacher:
Since 2002 I have been employed by The Thames Valley District School Board.
I have worked with the London District Library Board since 1999. Developing and facilitating art workshops for young people.
I was asked to design a mural based on the theme of community in March of 2006.
This mural was completed in collaboration
with young people who attended the library and is a permanent display in the Eastwood Branch Library.

Group and Solo Exhibitions:
2010 Visual Elements 52nd Annual Juried Exhibition. Woodstock Art Gallery - Woodstock Ontario
2010 5th Annual Juried Miniature Show. The Art Exchange - London Ontario
2010- The Studio. Convent Garden Market- London Ontario
2009 Art In Hand Burlington County Annex Art Gallery - Burlington New Jersey
2009 Sketchbook Project 3. Traveling Exhibition USA - Atlanta, Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago, St. Louise, Brooklyn 4th Annual Juried Miniature Show
2009 4th Annual Juried Miniature Show The Art Exchange - London Ont.
2008 Art Quest Central Library London-London Ont.
2008 Local Artists Exhibition Hens Tooth – Dorchester Ont.
2007 Visual Elements Woodstock Art Gallery – Woodstock Ont.
2000 Piece by Piece Galleries@ Galleria-London, Ont.
2000 Muse Aloud Palace @4am-London,Ont.
2000 Untitled Graduation Exhibition Art Lab U.W.O.-London Ont.
2000 Sometimes….Is Now Galleries@ Galleria-London, Ont.
1999 The Klein Mystery Art Lab U.W.O. –London, Ont.
1999 Look 99 Lampton Gallery – Sarnia, Ont.
1999 Pandora’s Box A Collection of Collections London Regional Art and Historical Museum- London, (guest curator)
1987 Sherwood Forest Library - London Ont.
1986 Fanshawe College Graduation Exhibit McIntosh Art Gallery- London, Ont.
1986 Youth against War Spectrum Gallery- London, Ont.
1986 Exposure Holiday Inn London, Ont.
1985 Southwestern 45 Windsor Art Gallery - Windsor, Ont.
Festivals and Events
2010 Imadon Expressions In Chalk Wortley Village London, Ont
2010 Art In The Village Wortley Village, London , Ont.
2009 Art In the Square Covent Garden Market London Ont.
2009 Imadon Expressions In Chalk Downtown London Ont.
Publications
April 6, 2000 pg.6 The Gazette, University of Western Ontario
May 12, 1999 C pg.8 The Globe and Mail
March 30, 1985 G pg.1,2 London Free Press