I started drawing back in High School (around 1988). It was only a way to pass time when I was supposed to be learning.
Over time, I developed a style that was all my own. My friends and family really liked it. Although I used to "doodle"
(that's what I would call it), on anything nearby - like empty cigarette packages - it would be many years before I started
drawing using proper artist's materials. In fact, a lot of my older pieces are no longer with us because of the crappy
ink and paper I'd been using.
My art really helped my cope with being in hospital. I could tune everything out and forget just how shitty my life had become.
I drew "2001 - An Art Odyssey", my first full set of Christmas cards, and countless commissioned works between my admittance
in December 2000 and my release in May 2003. Although I didn't think to keep copies of all of my work, you will find galleries
on this page where you can flip through the stuff that I was able to salvage.
When I was in Cornwall going to College, I had close ties with the CMHA (Canadian Mental Health Association). I often donated
pieces of framed art to be auctioned off at fundraisers. The Executive Director Michael Lloyd's wife Linda absolutely loves my
work and Mike was forced to outbid on every piece. Today, there are 3 major collections of my work: the one on my walls, the one
on my parent's walls, and the one on Mike and Linda's walls.
2001 - An Art Odyssey
The largest single collection of my work was drawn during the year 2001. I aptly named it "2001 - An Art Odyssey" out of respect
for Stanley Kubrick. It comprises of a picture-a-day for the entire year starting on January 1 and ending on December 31. The entire
collection of 365 images is drawn in 4 1-inch thick black art books which I always keep close by. I really think that this
self-imposed therapy helped me with not only being in hospital, but put me on the track needed to get out. 2001 - An Art Odyssey
has had many incarnations from online collections (like on my Facebook account), to a CD-ROM being sold at a friend's coffeeshop,
to printouts and animated GIFs. Just so you don't have to hunt for them, the entire collection is available in the gallery below.
My most popular work has proven to be Christmas Cards. In 2002, I presented a set of 12 cards - 6 festive and 6 religious.
At first I drew them all by hand. I could not keep that up so now I draw a design or two and have it printed onto card stock.
Below is a gallery of the Christmas cards that I have been able to salvage.
Odds & Ends: Scans & Photos
A good chunk of my original work has been lost over the years. Some has been preserved through scans or photocopies. The
stuff that managed to get framed is still around, but I usually gave it away, or on a couple of occasions, actually sold it.
Below is a gallery of the odds & ends that I have been able to salvage. Some of these originals are still kicking around,
but are generally crumpled or ripped due to the number of times they've been packed and unpacked for moving.
Work on Display
Although I don't have very many pieces on display, I have had some of my work displayed in public. Below is a small gallery
of some of the pictures I have.