Artist Statement

“The arts provide us with language for mediating the broken relational and cultural divides.”
– Makoto Fujimura

Blessed to experience this city daily, I am excited as an artist at the opportunity to show others how I interact with Toronto. My images are made to immerse viewers as an energetic response to shared, metropolitan encounters. 
My current body of work explores the appropriation of Japanese Nihonga techniques in order to apply silver and gold in a painterly format. Along with the verisimilitude of my urban subjects, use of these precious materials represents the ethereal, while also forming a discourse between the imagery and notions of inherent worth. By doing this, my work becomes much more than mere composites of streets, buildings and figures; it develops into a richly intimate and personal experience.