I've moved between countries and cultures in pursuit of work and to support my spouse and her work, mostly with positive results but sometimes in ways that have jammed up my sense of self. Also, like anyone these days, I consume my fair share of entertainment, flying off for moments of reprieve into fictional worlds, alone, in my head.
If you could turn my mixed-media paintings into a novel, the story wouldn't be about the hero's escape but about what home looks and feels like when the adventure has ended. It would be about the clear-sighted readjustment back to the everyday. I'd called it something like Ways of Return.
"The great thing is to gather new vigor in reality," wrote Van Gogh in an 1889 letter to a friend, titled "Paint your garden as it is." My art explores ways of seeing poetically in sub-optimal conditions. Rather than overlook the familiar, I seek out ways to make it more apparent, and go right in to it, hoping this will in some way salve my concerns. If it stirs or confuses, I want to understand. Art-creation is a method I use to help process and cope.
My quest to become a fulltime artist 11 years ago was not a straight path. I have a B.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of Guelph, an M.A. in History from York University, and a B.Ed. from the University of Toronto. I was a high school teacher, computer programmer, and translator. Painting I studied later and in various stages in Spain.
Today, my artworks can be found in public and private collections in Britain, Canada, Italy, Spain, and the United States—all countries in which I've lived. I've also won numerous awards for my plein air work.
Raised in Guelph, Ontario, Canada, just outside of Toronto, I currently reside in the L.A. area with my spouse, Aitana Guia, a professor at California State University, Fullerton and with our two daughters.
If you ask me, it'd be more revealing to list my failures, rejections, and snubs, but we don't want to crash the server. Instead, here's my regular CV.