This portrait is of my friend Florian. The first time I met him I knew I wanted to paint him. He has great style and character and is a gentleman in the truest sense. As we were walking down an alley one day I spotted this caged window and had him pose in front of it. I liked the way the pattern in the bricks, the cage and his hat all echoed each other and made for an interesting composition. I have always enjoyed frames within frames and it works in this piece to concentrate the viewers gaze to the subjects face. There is a quietness to this painting that reflects Florian’s own personality yet, the hard materials surrounding him add a sense of world weariness and strength, which are also attributes I have learned about him over the two years I have known him.
Ontario College of Art, General Studies program.
Ingram Gallery: 2011, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2003.
Painted City Gallery: 2002, 2001, 2000, 1998, 1996.
Toronto International Art Fair
Edward Day gallery
Ontario Arts council exhibition grant
Ontario College of Art experimental photography grant
Imperial Oil full tuition scholarship for academic excellence
Worked with a group of artists creating large paintings for internationally known artist Frank Stella.