In today’s modern age of art the more you dig into mediums, the more you realize how infinite the creative space truly is. I’ve driven myself into pure madness and back as I’ve explored this endless rabbit hole. I find digging into a creative flow truly freeing. Playing with ideas, experimenting, trying something new no matter the outcome. Learning to completely let go has been a steady lesson on this path. It seems like every corner I explore opens a new doorway into possibility. It’s endless.
My passion for art & technology was introduced at a very young age by my mother. At the time she was taking art & computer courses in university. She would return from class with the most magical artworks that completely captivated my imagination.
I was equally fortunate to be introduced to a personal computer at this early stage of my life. I remember the day she brought home the commodore 64. She told me all about this strange machine and how it worked. It fascinated me to no end. I soon discovered that the entire world was trying to find new ways to use this machine. You can imagine the possibilities that started to seed in my creative dreams. It started with a ‘hello world’ program, & in 8th grade, I started creating ‘zelda’ like mini-games in turning. By senior year, I was starting to working out the mathematics in hopes of developing the first 3D engine. As I’m sure you can tell, the world beat me to it.
As I grew up my foundations started to shake. Art & computers became my way to recapture a certain sense of control & regain my center in amidst chaos.
As technology moved at lightning speed, so too did the development of computer languages. It was a true guessing game to navigate through trying to understand which language would best dominate its medium. In turn, it forced me to learn around 20 different computer languages. Throughout this time of exploration, I constantly played with ideas. With the birth of the internet, I realized how powerful communication & innovation could truly be.
As the internet picked up speed so did the information it delivered. I spent one year in college majoring in computer science with a minor in art. At the end of the year, I decided that computer technology was moving faster than the professors could teach it. I was certain that by the time I’d finish, most of what I would learn would become outdated. For this reason, I took a step back and decided to jump full tilt into developing a computer software company.
Every software needs an artist to develop its front interface. This introduced me to Photoshop & Illustrator. Photoshop became a minor obsession of mine. I owe a lot of my skills to a website called worth1000.com. It’s a popular forum where artists receive competition creative challenges. It was an incredible tool as it offered every artist an opportunity to receive positive criticism. It inspired me to take things to that next level. I steadily sharpened my skills from being clueless to winning awards & recognition.
This was all just a way to advance my skills but the demands of my job started to push further as the needs of my clients changed. Companies needed to represent their products in new and creative ways. It started with a Jewelry company that wanted the perfect shot of their products. The light was always a problem to control even by the finest of photographers so we decided to turn to 3D. I took it upon myself to learn as much as I could in 3ds Max to develop & showcase 3d replicas of their work.
This introduced me to a whole new rabbit hole of creative possibilities. I started digging in to learn my way around Maya & Zbrush. These were very deep holes & my brain could only absorb so much. Throughout the evolution of my career, I’ve always had this self-reliant spirit & with the ever-growing wave of information at my fingertips. Google was truly my teacher, though it took a lot more digging to get the right information back then. I feel very fortunate today to have any question I can think of at my fingertips.
There came a time in my early twenties where I faced a big shift in my life in an attempt to mend my broken connection with my mother. I completely flipped the script and moved to Sudbury Ontario. I was fortunate to find work through a local professional photography & videography studio. There I took on work doing shoots, creating edits, prints & communications management. In return, I was able to get hands-on with cutting edge equipment, professional lighting gear, printers & the full spectrum of running a professional studio. It was a very enriching experience.
In time the wind shifted the sails and led me into a position managing Long Valley Productions in Toronto. This was a multimedia production house that produced the hit reality TV series ‘Last Bride Standing’. As all this was unfolding I developed what I at first thought was a simple eye infection in my right eye. When I would close my left eye the entire world would turn into what looked like a moving oil painting, similar to that of a permanent psychedelic experience. My optometrist recognized a deeper issue was at play & recommended me to an eye specialist. I was sent for an MRI which confirmed the worst. I had optic neuritis caused by Multiple-Sclerosis.
My entire world spun like a top as I was delivered the news. I’m so fortunate to have such a loving family that took me under their wing at this time of need. My health, unfortunately, started to slip very quickly. I became highly sensitive to heat & experienced uncontrollable electrical shocks & impulses running through my body. The bottoms of my feet started to feel like I had flames under the souls & I started to lose my ability to walk. My whole world slowed down and my mind as my movements became sloth-like.
The #1 reason I’m here today is because of my partner Sheena. This woman saved my life and pulled me out of the darkness in a place where I felt completely lost. She’s an Osteopath by profession with a deep passion for nutrition. She challenged me to make drastic changes to my diet in the goal to recapture my health. Facing off with death I steadily focused on doing what was necessary to choose life. I learned to let go & surrendered to the wisdom & guidance that she offered.
In time I felt my vitality starting to recover. I realized that MS was this wild card diagnosis & no one in the medical world truly seemed to have an answer to a cause or cure. In my research, I became open to a full spectrum of cultural healing modalities. One, in particular, caught my eye after watching a documentary on a sacred medicine of the Shipibo Tribe in the Peruvian Amazon Jungle called Ayahuasca. I began finding incredible stories of healing that I couldn’t seem to ignore.
Ayahuasca is a mixture between two plants found in the Amazon, that when brewed down together in water, create a dark & foul-tasting substance. Each plant offers a special key that unlocks the physical mobilization of a Psychedelic Chemical called DMT. This chemical is naturally occurring within the body & is released in times of prayer, meditation & even at death.
The active experience with Ayahuasca can last as long as 6 hours & often results in altered states of consciousness, hallucinations & out of body experiences. For this reason, it has been coined ‘The spirit vine’.
There are at least 40,000 plant species in the Amazon. The odds that a tribe was able to discover the hidden relationship between these two plants is nothing short of a miracle. Legend has it that the tribes first drank Tobacco juice, known as a master plant teacher, which then showed them the way.
This seemed as far outside of the box as I possibly could reach. I wondered what hidden secrets this experience could hold. After careful planning I found myself flying with my Partner halfway across the world to venture into the jungle.
To make a long story short the journey was one of the most profound experiences of my life; both deeply challenging and enlightening. It gave me a higher understanding to my personal health, & more so, it opened my eyes to deeper perspectives to who I am in connection to the universe.
Upon my return to Canada, I felt a deep energetic calling to return to the Jungle. I reached out and found a job working as a communications manager for a conglomerate which included a healing retreat center, a permacultural institute & a foundation aimed to help save the rainforest from encroaching corporations.
I sold nearly all of my possessions and made my way back to the jungle. There I spent half a year working with the Shipibo to better understand their culture & medicine. I found a deep appreciation for permaculture through working within the institute. Walking through acres of burnt rainforest, and observing a sea of plastics in the Amazon river’s basin opened my eyes to the devastating impact that industry plays in wiping out the rainforest. There I helped in the development of a documentary that spoke on the conflict between tribes & encroaching powers looking to exploit their land & resources.
I was faced with a clean slate upon my return back to Canada. I had a choice to pick up my software business or find a deeper direction. In this time of transition, I was invited to a live Tony Robbins talk. Out of everything that was said the one key idea that struck me the most was the power of passion. That our deepest well of energy is harvested by doing the things we love the most.
That’s when I asked myself a hard question, ‘What is it that I love the most’?
It turns out the answer to this question was that I wanted to “create”. I was called to the path of fully immersing myself in art. This was both exciting & terrifying as we all know the tale of the starving artist. I just knew I needed to figure it out or starve. There was no other option.
My new path began with tapping into one of my favorite mediums, acrylic paint. My first idea was to set up a live art & music event at a new coffee house in Sudbury. The show was a success & created a ripple effect that brought me to the decision to open up a paint & sip business called ‘Paint Social’.
The timing couldn’t be better and the business became an instant success. Since the day of its launch, I have had the honor and privilege to inspire thousands of people into discovering the art of acrylic painting. The beauty of teaching not only helped to regularly sharpen my skills but also provided witness to a myriad of styles and techniques randomly created within the crowds.
Moving into my deepest creative flow I found myself creating intimate bodies of work. Each piece developed with purpose & intention in reflection to the path of my spiritual journey. I have found a deep reserve of inspiration by combining traditional art techniques with innovative computer & robotic technology.
Today my areas of study have bridged into the world of skills involving computers, robotics, photography, videography, 3D design, fabrication, music, sound, light, paint, printmaking, and more. The cultivation of these crafts has built a bridge to tighten the gap between my imagination & the 3d world.
In a universe of infinite possibilities, my journey through art is ever unfolding. I am incredibly excited to share my work & inspirations. My intention is to be a mirror; to flow through a creative force that inspires a sense of magic, wonder, deep thought & introspection.