I started drawing at the age of 5 when I took an interest in Batman. I tried to copy the images from comic books onto Bristol board paper but they never turned out just right so I switched to easier characters like Mickey Mouse and Garfield. My brother was my earliest influence, I remember him coming home from school one day and we were at the dining room table and he was drawing wrestling characters from the WWE and I just remember wanting to be just as good as him. It wasn’t until I was 11 years old that I turned my focus to sports, Hockey in particular. I started out by drawing Goalies because I liked the challenge of creating their masks as closely as I could. Later I would focus more on my favorite players such as Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux.
I wasn’t the greatest Hockey player but often fantasized what it would be like to raise the Stanley Cup. This inspired me to continue drawing sports athletes and often found myself drawing while the Saturday Hockey games were on. Being Canadian hockey just became my natural subject matter whenever I created art.
I have drawn with graphite and charcoal my whole life and am self-taught, never taken a single class. Through the years I have learned various techniques that have allowed me to study my subject matter in a much clearer way to enable me to create as much detail as possible. In the past few years I have taken up painting with Acrylic and Oil paints and am currently working on several paintings for the OHL.
My wife Julie has been my main inspiration and has been my biggest supporter and critic. She has encouraged me be get better and better with every piece I create and has been by my side on every piece over the past few years. My two daughters have been my driving force behind my desire to be a successful artist and everything I do is a testament to my family and how much their love has meant to me.
I have worked with several athletes and charitable organizations and this year I will be working with a local charity hockey event in Barrie Ontario (where I currently reside) to create some one of a kind paintings and drawings to be auctioned off to raise funds for Royal Victoria Hospital. I am also currently working on paintings for a local barbershop that will showcase my work on their walls and offer them for sale.
I have also worked on trading cards for In The Game, a local non licensed card company.