Thursday, August 18, 2016


 Some process images leading to the completed portrait.

oil on masonite, 18"x 24"

Friday, July 08, 2016


This was a first today for me at the Bloor Gladstone Library.

As many of you know, the Bloor Gladstone Library is a regular haunt for me to sketch at, particularly the users of the library. Today, as I have done many times in the past, I went after work to sketch library people. Midway through drawing a lady (see below), a librarian came up to me and asked me to stop drawing her because it was an invasion of her privacy. She also mentioned that library policy prohibits taking pictures of people… architecture is good. People, not good. Technically, I wasn’t photographing anyone.

I understand the librarian’s issue with it, but 99% of the time I’m drawing people who are so engrossed with reading, fiddling on their mobile devices or sleeping, that they don’t realize that they are being sketched. Whenever I was “caught”, I’d show them what I did. For the most part they were flattered that I had drawn them. I’ve posted past drawing sessions from the library (all people) on my twitter feed and “likes” have come from the Bloor Gladstone Library account multiple times. If this was an issue, perhaps raising it then would have been the time to do it. I know the account is probably controlled by some tech guy somewhere else, but it gives me mixed messages.

As an artist, this is how I interact with the world. I’m drawn to people and sketching them is my record of that time. Some people write in their journals or keep small momentos from a special moment. This is my way to remember. In the entire eight years I have been sketching in public, this is second time I’ve been asked to stop sketching a person. When asked, I have stopped and apologized. That’s all I could do. I won’t stop drawing people in public, but I guess the Bloor Gladstone Library will only be a place where I borrow books from.

Sunday, June 26, 2016


Trying to work in a larger size sketchbook at the Bloor Gladstone Library.


The domestic departure lounge at Pearson International Airport. Headed to Kelowna, B.C.

Some passengers within sketching range of me. Beware. I like the mid range distance the best.

The gentleman beside me was sleeping for most of the 4.5 hr. flight. Fortunately there was no one in the middle seat, so I had a full view of him the entire flight. Thank you good sir, for modelling for me.

The quad in which three of my friends and I stayed in at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan campus. Beautiful place.

Friday, June 17, 2016


Stan the Man, aka. dad.
One of the most generous people I know with a gentle soul to match.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016


Oil on masonite, 6 x8 in.

Q: What makes you happy?
A: To be stress free.
Q: Have you achieved it yet?
A: No.
Paul is a general contractor… good luck with the stress, Paul.

Sunday, May 29, 2016


Oil on masonite. 6 x 8 in.
Q: What makes you happy?
A: A good movie that makes me cry. Not like a tear jerker flick, but a film where the story and writing is so seamless that the beauty of the actions that unfurl on screen move me to tears. Catharsis.


oil on masonite, 18 x 24 in.

Q: What makes you happy?
A: A force of will and peace of mind.

And so it begins…

A process shot was taken after each session.

Lina holding the final image.

I can't say enough good things about Lina. We spent the last 4 Sundays getting her portrait done. She was amazing. A mountain. Didn't budge. Thanks, Lina!

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Robert Dunne Salon

Robert Dunne, the proprietor of Robert Dunne Salon, was generous enough to offer me some of his wall space to display some of my paintings. Get a new coif and check them out.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

sketchbook: Quantity over Quality

 No aikido today meant a fulll day of sketching. I knew I wanted to sketch a lot today. A few things running through my mind while doing this marathon session. Mr. Warden, my grade 7 art teacher telling us how as an art student he had his drawings stolen the night before they were due and he had to wake up early the next day and sketch 20 drawings. John Wilkenson, my uni art teacher telling us how he was regularly took an empty sketchbook and filled it in one afternoon. Terence Van Eslander, my first year design prof. telling us to draw all our process drawings on sheets of cartridge paper and use those accumulated sheets as the base for our final drawings.
I guess what I was trying to do today was to have quantity over quality... showing the good, the bad and the ugly.

Thursday, May 19, 2016


Trying to squeeze everything I can out of the Bloor Gladstone Library, in particular, the people. Thank you, my unsuspecting models... except for the sleeping subway guy.

Monday, May 16, 2016


I decided today to broaden my horizons and sketch at the Yorkville Library. It definitely has a different vibe from the Bloor Gladstone branch. One thing I noticed immediately was the toddler's sing along program that was happening as I was there. I would hear the lyrics (scribbled on the bottom of the page) sung by the librarian and the kids singing after her.

Friday, April 29, 2016


Some after work sketching at one of my regular haunts. I chose to sit in a seat that would allow me to sketch anyone in front of me in profile… an ideal sketching position, I believe!


Thursday, April 28, 2016

Opening night, "Come Togther", Propellor Gallery

 Tonight was the opening night of the "Come Together" group show at the Propellor Gallery. This is my submission to ti. It's my "A-Z" piece depicting the hands of 26 of my friends, each showing a character in American sign language.

 Jane and I in front of her piece, a Frida themed collage. One of the more colourful pieces in the show and one of my favourites. She was the artist who invited me to my very fist show at this gallery. Thanks, Jane!

The marquee (or just signage?) outside of the gallery. Who cares, because that's me! ;-)

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

sketchbook... library people

Post work sketch session at the Bloor Gladstone Library.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Family 1: wife/mother/daughter/sister

Q: What makes you happy?
A: My family, my fur babies, knitting, sleep, sunshine, good food, good friends!


Q: What makes you happy?
A: Knowing that I have people who care about me… or pizza.

Twins: Rick 1 + Rick 2

Q: What makes you happy?
A: The unexpected. Contradictions, broken stereotypes, people out of the norm are what make me smile.

Azumi, the mighty, mighty titan

Saturday, April 09, 2016

Urban Sketching, Toronto: T.D. Gallery of Inuit Art

I went with the Toronto Urban sketchers to the T.D. Inuit Art Museum. I didn't realize it existed, but it's tucked away in a quiet corner of the TD Tower. It was nice to be around liked minded people for a few hours.

Monday, March 07, 2016


Oakham Cafe. Ryerson Uni. Cheap eats. Decent coffee. And a lot of people who don't move too much.

Thursday, March 03, 2016


Unsuspecting subjects at the Bloor Gladstone Library. A nice way to unwind after work.

Monday, February 01, 2016


Stan the Man, a.k.a, my dad. Everytime I'm up at his place, I try to draw him. However, it never comes out the way I want it to be. I think I'm pressured to get it right, to make it look like him, and because of that, it goes off the rails.
I know it sounds obvious, but at the beginning of this drawing, when I was drawing his eye, I actually saw a bit of me in those small markings. First time that happened.

 Subway people and a Dodge van.

More subway people.

Monday, January 25, 2016


My largest painting yet. I learned a lot from this process and hopefully my next painting at this size (or larger), will go faster. At times, it was frustrating and other times, I put down some pigment that really made me think I was getting somewhere with it.

Saturday, January 23, 2016


Face accumulation over a few days.

Thursday, January 07, 2016

Propeller Gallery Salon Group Show.

Tonight was the opening night of the Propellor Gallery Salon Group Show. I spoke to an artist a few weeks back who is a member of this gallery and she invited me to enter this show. I'm glad I did because I sold one of my pieces. Feels great. It's officially my first gallery sale. Here's to a better 2016, art wise.

Sunday, January 03, 2016


A new year. A new sketchbook. Getting it all dirties up!

Friday, January 01, 2016

On the easel tonight…

On the easel tonight…
I'm revisiting "Fuzo", a piece I started a few months ago. I find this one difficult because there isn't much contrast in his face so defining it by shadows is difficult. Looking hard at the reference photo for any foot hold into his face.

Another piece that's on the go is, "Julia". It's been the piece I've been working on the majority of the time over this holiday break.