I have spent nearly all of my life on the Canadian prairies, and grew up watching my dad, an amateur artist, painting landscapes in oil. After working various jobs, and never feeling particularly satisfied in any of them, I decided I needed to have a more creative lifestyle. I missed watching my dad paint, and missed the smell of oil paint, and being a part of the patient process of making art. So in 2003, I began painting myself. Even as a child, I always found myself drawn to faces, particularly those from other cultures and ethnic backgrounds. It's been an on again, off again affair, but as I get older I find myself making a priority of art. I find the process of moving paint around a canvas or paper, turning it into light and shadow and seeing life breathed into a subject very satisfying.
- Joined November 25, 2011