I am here because a series of small events over a lifetime have brought me to my purpose.
Born in Winnipeg, I was first introduced to painting at the age of eight when my Grandma started an oil painting class for the grand kids at the lake during summer break.
In High school, a skill that started with oils quickly grew into different mediums including pencil, watercolour, silk screening & sculpting. While still in college I was hired by a small media firm in Calgary and after graduating with “Student of the Year” honours, moved out west. That move was the inspiration for the very first journal, which has grown into an amazing collection of seventeen books, full of insight from people across the world.
2009, in need of a change, I moved to New Zealand. With the books in tow, I started leading the inspired life I had always dreamed, and each day brought me closer to hearing the words that changed my life forever.
“Somewhere deep inside is the ticket to the ride of your life.”
After that everything made sense. The books opened, passion poured out, and in three months – eleven paintings. Ten years after this whole thing started I celebrated my 30th birthday with my very first exhibition. With the sale of the entire collection within the first week, it became very clear that I had found my purpose.
Since returning home, I have dedicated my life to sharing what I have learned from the books and the world around me by making these ideas more present in our day-to-day lives.
I hope my work acts as a friendly reminder to walk just a little bit taller.
The first book opened over fifteen years ago as a journal to document a summer adventure. As time passed, that book transformed into a sort of yearbook capturing strangers’ wisdom, humour and personal insights; random, honest and completely unique.
Since the first, sixteen more have been filled and this idea has grown into something more meaningful than I could have ever imagined.
It has become the major inspiration for my work, and I hope that these friendly reminders bring you as much happiness, humour and insight as they have me.
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