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.
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
2013 Out of the Sketchbook, Alliance Française Exhibition Hall, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
2008 SpeakEasy Illustration Show, The 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
SELECTED ILLUSTRATION PUBLICATIONS
2009 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