Originally from a small town in Bavaria, Germany, my family immigrated to Canada when I was 7, and so I mainly grew up, and am currently based, in Miramichi, New Brunswick. In 2012, I graduated from University of Ottawa with an Honours BA in philosophy, and since then, I have been pursuing my art full-time.
Though I've long had an interest in art, particularly drawing and photography, the painting began in earnest in 2009, when I was given a gift certificate to the Ottawa School of Art (for winning a photography competition). I chose an oil painting class, and four courses later (two of which were plein air classes), I quickly realized painting was the means of expression I had been searching for. Though largely self-taught (and learning is an ongoing process), these courses have been very instrumental in helping me rapidly learn the basics of oil painting. I find that my earlier interest in photography also greatly influences my work, particularly when it comes to composition, color saturation and creating the illusion of depth.
I alternate frequently between landscape and portraits, as they're inspired by competing motivations. Painting a landscape, to me, is like creating a work of fiction: it's a place of refuge, to get lost in and escape to. I try to reflect this through the use of a vibrant, exaggerated colour palette.
A portrait, meanwhile, is a means of reflecting reality and making it accessible to others. I tend to paint the reaction to an external event rather than the event itself, because the contents of baggage may differ, but carrying the weight, is something most can relate to. Our inner worlds are in a constant state of reaction to what goes on around us, so it's also personally gratifying to explore the deeper layers beneath the social mask, where the complex mélange of the inner voice and memories swirl together, to create a lively inner life, which I try to reflect through my choice of bright hues and messy brush strokes.