Apocalypse Portraits

I started this series in the dark days right after Trump was elected in the USA. It felt like a frightening, tenuous time, even up here in Canada. It still does.

I was asked to create a self portrait for a show I was in, and, as an abstract painter, I was not sure how to approach it. I experimented with bringing all I have learned form working in a abstract manner to the portrait. I create layers of mark-making, inky liquidy paint, scratches, palette knife scraping and gestural strokes to allow the portrait to emerge. I recognize them when they show and then stop. These survivors of the apocalypse emerged. Most are on watercolour paper, a few are on panel, including one full figure, practically life sized. I continue to invite these survivors of the apocalypse in to the world, perhaps to remind us of what may come out of this dystopic time. I have always loved the genre of the futuristic dystopia, but I did not expect to be living in one. See #apocalypseportraits on instagram to see more.


Video Work

Before I committed to only painting, I was  a video artist for at least ten years. Eventually I realized all my videos looked more like paintings than videos, so I stopped. Seriously, I loved making videos, but I opted for a medium where I used my hands more and pushed pixels less. I already had too many screens in my life, so I cut back by stopping the video-making and returning to my first love, painting.

Here are two selections:


2008 / 5 min

Slipping is about losing your balance— we slip into depression, sink into numbness, stumble into chaos and slide into autopilot. Slipping considers the tenuous edge and painful intimacy of inner struggle that is that slide. We can never really know what others experience. We do, however, live with the constant tension between our inner existence and those inevitable external forces: the lover, the institution, society, protocol. One affects the other—and we are always negotiating this tension in order to find our balance.

Slipping is the silent sinking and creeping unsteadiness that reminds us that we are both alone and interconnected. This short piece resonates with viewers because the struggle is ambiguous—yet feels familiar. The question is left open: What are we slipping into? What is balance? What is our hidden struggle?

Slipping is a dark, beautiful, enigmatic refrain.

2008 / 5 minutes

Created with the assistance of the Canada Council For The Arts & The BC Arts Council



2004 / 4:44 min

Window is a study in planning. How many times will I start over again? How many times will you plan to change your life through a brand new exercise regime? This time you will stay with it, won’t you? How many of us live a life lived in expectation of what tomorrow will bring?

A young girl washes our anxious anticipation away, a reminder to slow down.

2004 / 4:44 Minutes 

Created with the assistance of the Canada Council For The Arts & The BC Arts Council