I have participated in various classes and workshops in France and in Vancouver, but I consider myself to be essentially self-taught.
The European 'Fauve' artists at the beginning of the twentieth century have been my biggest influence, followed by the Canadian Group of Seven who I believe had been heavily influenced by the Fauve movement. Of those, A. Y. Jackson's work has consistently caught my eye. Also, some less-representational work by artists such as Jean-Paul Riopelle have captured my attention.
In my paintings, I try to convey a glimpse of my own vision. In doing so, I attempt to paint the subject without any unnecessary detail but also without losing what, for me, is the essential inspiration. If I ever affect another person's perception of the world around them, I will consider my painting to be a worthy endeavor.