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Artist's Statement

My journey as an Artist began at a very young age. Growing up in rural Quebec in the Chateauguay Valley on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River, my mother, Rita, was a local artisan, well known for her work in soap stone carving, needlework and egg etchings I was fortunate to have inherited her creative drive.

I remember fondly my days spent outdoors exploring our backyard, climbing trees and playing along the banks of the English River, I was always intrigued with the natural world around me. I look back now at those early days as a time when every day brought new adventures and new experiences that I believe have stayed with me. 

I later moved to Ontario to start a family with my wife Judy and now have two grown up sons Justin and Kyle. It was my love, shared equally by my family, for the outdoors, canoeing and kayaking that helped me develop a keen sense of observation and attention to detail.

It wasn’t until my late thirties however that I would apply those skills initially to create detailed wildfowl carvings using wood and acrylics as my medium. Competing professionally in Ontario at various Wildfowl Carving competitions, I was fortunate to have won numerous awards for my creations. Working in this 3-dimensional art form forced me to develop an intimate understanding of wildfowl anatomy and detail.

I now work primarily in the 2-dimensional art form of painting using acrylics on canvas or mason board and specialize in capturing meticulous detail with a balance of artistic composition and lighting that I hope results in work that captures the attention and lures you in.

In 2012, I won 1st place and received the People's Choice Award at Buckhorn Art Festival and repeated in 2016 winning the People’s Choice Award again. I am a signature member of Artists For Conservation and I was recently selected for the Ducks Unlimited Canada National Art Portfolio in 2018.

I hope you enjoy your visit to my web site, and please don't forget to check out my blog to see what I'm currently working on.


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