I’m originally from Montreal. More specifically Brossard. It’s a suburb of Montreal right across the river. We moved to Ontario when I was 10 years old to the town of Ajax. Ajax has grown significantly since then and I still have many relatives there but I now live in Burlington, Ontario. I did spend 5 years in Sudbury running a restaurant and still work in the restaurant business.
I have a hobby, one that I think I'm pretty good at. Drawing and painting have been my hobby for some time now, but I'm also now getting into photography. Going out on a picture safari occasionally is very relaxing. I like to go through the pictures afterward and decide whether they will make a good photograph or if it can be used in a drawing or painting.
I’ve been living in Burlington again for the past 11 years after 5 years in Sudbury. Mostly self-taught, I have taken some classes at the Burlington Art Center (now the Art Gallery of Burlington). I want to continue learning so I can improve my painting and photography.
ADOBE MUSE CC STARTER
Painting in Acrylic
In 2006 I took this course with instructor Deborah Pierce. I painted Winter Holiday during this time.
Still Life Workshop
Also in 2006, I took this course with Eric Brittan. I was shown the concept of cartoons and transferring drawings to the primed support, a technique I found invaluable.
Oil Painting: Introductory Level
In 2007, I took this course with Philip Grant. Course Outline: Give the student a basic understanding in the fundamentals of painting with oils, allowing the student to explore techniques and visual perceptions of basic oil painting.
Techniques with oil paint, preparation of a canvas, alternative surfaces, brush work, colour theory, composition and design, and safe handling of materials are covered.
I tool this course in 2007 with Frances Tyrrell. Although I haven't used watercolour pencils very often, I have used watercolours and have found some ease in the way the pencils can be used.
Beyond the Portrait
This was an enjoyable course that I took in 2008 with Deborah Pierce. We used live models and learned to create mood and let the figure tell a story.
Photography fundamentals I
My first photography course from 2008 with Edward Eastman. The course outline: Teaches at an introductory level photographic principals that apply to the beginner and the serious hobby photographer.
In 2009 I took this course with Judy Mayer Grieve.
In 2010 I took this class with Julie Donec. The course covered the techniques used by the Renaissance masters. I painted my copy of DaVinci's "La Belle Feronierre" in this class as well as my study of Durer's "Praying Hands." I enjoyed this class that I took it a second time during which I painted "Bouquet and a Cross.
Introduction to Watercolour
This class from 2011 was also with Julie Donec. I learned techniques that I applied to paint "Sliding in to Home."
Landscape in Oils
In 2012, again with instructor Julie Donec.
Landscape in Oils
Further work in oils doing landscapes
Learned more fundamentals on using a DSLR camera. Particular focus was on night photography.
"If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced."
Vincent Van Gogh
Nelson High School