I met Yousuf Karsh - the man who inspired me to pick up a camera - on a bridge in Ottawa one fine spring day in 1996; he was living in the Château Laurier back in those days. I was carrying an old metal Nikon FG and we spoke briefly. I discovered that we shared the same birthday, and he sweetly told me that I had the eyes of a photographer.
“My life is shaped by the urgent need to wander and observe, and my camera is my passport.” Steve McCurry
You can follow my photo journal here on Instagram.
Image 1: San Francisco, USA - Golden Gate Bridge
Image 2: Los Angeles, USA - Griffith Observatory
Image 3: Oaxaca, Mexico - Hierve el Agua
Image 4: Toronto, Canada - Trinity Bellwoods
Image 5: Toronto, Canada - CN Tower
Image 6: Commission for dance performance
Image 8: Berlin, Germany
Image 9: Breakfast of Champions
Image 10: Chopsticks
Image 11: Santa Monica, USA
Image 12: Self Portrait
Image 13: Paris, France - Charles de Gaulle Airport
Image 14: Commission for performance posters
Image 15: Oaxaca, Mexico - Traditional Oaxacan dress
Image 16: Venice Beach, USA
Image 17: Tulum, Mexico
Image 18: Monterrico Beach, Guatemala
Image 19: Oaxaca, Mexico
image 20: Toronto, Canada
Image 21: Toronto, Canada
Image 22: Toronto, Canada - Toronto Island
Image 23: Tulum, Mexico
Image 24: Roatan Island, Honduras
Image 25: Istanbul, Turkey
Image 26: Fort Henry Guard, Kingston, Canada
Image 27: Montreal, Canada
Image 28: Punte del Este, Uruguay
Image 29: Toronto, Ontario - Bathurst Station
Image 30: Oaxaca, Mexico
Image 31: Toronto, Canada - Sugar Beach
Image 32: Toronto, Canada
Image 33: Toronto, Canada
Image 34: Toronto, Canada
I work with Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign to create graphics.
Image 1: Logo design
Image 2: Custom-design branding images
Image 3: Poster & invite design
Image 4: April Showers
Image 5: Bring May Flowers
Image 6: Map insert for event invite
Image 7: Large scale stencil wall wraps
Image 8: Old-Fashioned email stationery sets
Image 9 & 10 : Branding designs
Flâneur: the term dates back to 16th or 17th France and is the act of strolling, sauntering, idling or walking about town. Flânerie described a literary or artist type who would stroll the boulevards, and explore the nooks and crannies of a city; a veritable connoisseur of the street.
Balzac and Baudelaire often spoke of these privileged men of leisure meandering about town. Rarely, however, were these characters women, because women walking in the street without purpose was viewed as suspicious or scandalous. Even the word Flâneur is a masculine noun, and the feminized version La flâneuse is a modern invention to reflect the times.
Thankfully, I live in these times - an age when women can stroll about and explore (much of) the world with a freedom not afforded to our mothers and their mothers.
"These boots were made for walking, and that's just what they'll do." Nancy Sinatra
At the age of twelve, I took my first trip abroad to France: land of the Flâneur. We walked the cobblestone streets of Fontainbleau every day until our feet hurt. I marvelled at the small details of everyday life; baked bread, wrought-iron gates and mosaic floors.
That trip infected me with a wanderlust that I could never shake. On that very first trip, we took a Boeing 747 which had a staircase that spiralled up to a second floor. My child-brain was ready to explode with excitement. I may as well have been on a space ship flying to Mars, because the prospect of a giant metal bird flying over an ocean seemed very magic.
Since that first voyage, I've travelled though 44 countries, lived in 6 and I still have that same sense of wonder every time I leave on a trip. I’m drunk on the promise of adventure and humbled by the vastness of the world.
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.” Mark Twain
I’ve been taking photos of my feet during my travels for several years. What simpler way to document the path I take. And the shoes that make it along for the ride.
See you on the road, friends.
I work with oils and acrylics and enjoy portraiture and abstract work.
Image 1: Jean-Claude, 2015, Oil on canvas, 12 X 12
Image 2: KInd of Blue, oil on canvas 2010
Image 3: Virgin Palette
Image 4: Intersection 2014, Acrylic on wood, 10X8
Image 5: Girl in Black- Green Series 2000, Acrylic on canvas, 6X4
Image 6: Portrait 3 - Oaxaca Series, 2014 - Acrylic on canvas, 6X4
Image 7: Detail of Girl in Black
Image 8: Commission for HGTV - Home renovation install
Image 9: HGTV Commission installed
Image 10: Marshall McLuhan, 2011, Created for the McLuhan Conference
Image 11: Detail: Marshall McLuhan, 2011, McLuhan Conference
Image 12: Cafe Series 2015, Watercolour on paper
Image 13: Various still life studies, Oil on canvas
Image 13: Full Moon, 2013 - Acrylic on wood, 12x12
Image 14: Palette post-paint
Image 15: Watercolour feathers
I doodle, therefore I am.
Pen, ink, charcoal, water-colour and markers are my favourite tools.
Working with my hands is one of my favourite activities and frankly - it's good for the soul. With my background in painting, sculpture, silver-smithing and prop-building, I like to constantly explore new mediums.
Leather work, fabric design and carpentry are my current loves.
Image 1: Colour block painted wooden chairs
Image 2: Hipster squirrel with hand-sewn custom lumber jacket. Created for Milky Way commercial. *Squirrel by Casual Taxidermy
Image 3: White leather keychains with brass bolt fasteners
Image 4: Custom print tea towels designed from original pen & ink sketches - printed on cotton
Image 5: Lavender Spray: Zen label VS. Macho label for promotional event
Image 6: Hand drawn and screen-printed fabric - sewn into pencil cases
Image 7: Reupholstered vintage chair
Image 8: Reconstructed, refinished and reupholstered Mission rocking chair