When my camera broke in Dar es Salaam, I was forced to record my experiences in a set of sketchbooks  (a recent gift that hadn't been put to use yet). I am a visual artist but during this time, I wasn't drawing from observation on a regularly. Moving to Dar es Salaam was a turning point because recording the world around me became a daily activity which lead to some very interesting entries..

Sketching an orphan elephant taken at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, Nairobi, Kenya, Dec 2011.

Out of the Sketchbook is a collection of illustrated journal entries which often celebrate the benefits of cross-cultural exposure and are genuine accounts of my experiences while living and working in developing nations. The combination of rough sketches accompanied by hand-lettered anecdotes (originally only written for myself ) was what many people found unique, personal and engaging. The first gallery exhibition was called 'Out of the Sketchbook' a title chosen to highlight the raw and honest qualities of the artwork.

It was the experience in Tanzania that first sparked my interest in documenting my surroundings with traditional techniques and although I was sad to leave East Africa,  I am pleased that my interest in sketching on location followed me on my next adventure in the Netherlands. 



Curriculum Vitae



2018      Global Perspectives, Shell building SPTR: Artists International Netherlands,  Rijswijk, The Netherlands


2015      Out of the Sketchbook: Tanzania, Uganda & back, Nafasi Art Space: Oasis, Dar es Salaam,  Tanzania

Out of the Sketchbook,  Alliance Française Exhibition Hall,  Dar es Salaam,  Tanzania


2008     SpeakEasy Illustration ShowThe Gladstone Hotel,  Toronto, Canada

2006     The Coldest Night, The Stone Distillery Fermentation Cellar, Toronto, Canada

2004     BMO Financial Group's 1st Art!,  First Canadian Place Gallery,  Toronto, Canada

Cuppa Coffee Studios, Microsoft Xbox 360 commercials, character design, Toronto, Canada

2008     PRISM International , Cover Illustration,  Vancouver, Canada

              CBC Website,  Mos Def,  Editorial Illustration, Toronto, Canada

              Curve Magazine,  Editorial Illustration,  San Francisco, USA

              MTV, Live Action Commercial,  Mood Board, Toronto, Canada

2007     Exclaim!, Reviews,  Main Illustration, Toronto, Canada



2018      Master of Arts, Illustration (Visual Communication),  University of Hertfordshire,  Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
2011       Bachelor of Education in Intermediate-Senior Visual Art,  Lakehead University,  Thunder Bay,  Canada
2006     Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Illustration, Sheridan College,  Oakville,  Canada
2004     Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours, York University,  North York,  Canada