I was born in Inuvik but moved to Edmonton with my family when I was two-years old. Growing up in the city, there was something I wasn’t connecting with, which I now know was my Aboriginal culture. When I was on my own, I realized I needed to return to the North and to my roots to discover who I really was. I went back to Tsiigehtchic where my mother was from and lived there for a number of years before exploring other NWT communities.
I have always done pencil sketching and woodwork. It was my wife who encouraged me to see what I could do with oils. We were living at Paulatuk at the time and I started painting along with Bob Ross on the TV. I found a new love for art. Something opened up inside me. Where I was at that time is truly where I was meant to be. After a while I would stand back and look at my work. I realized I could slow it down. Bob Ross speed paints – wet on wet. By slowing it down I could see what was truly inside of me instead of jumping steps. This realization has helped me learn and grow as a painter and a person.
I have been painting for about 12 years now and think it’s taken me about 300 canvasses to reach a point where I feel confident in my ability. I do what are called connected energy paintings. Basically, they are paintings that capture a moment in time when the universe says this is exactly where you are supposed to be. I’m grateful to be able to share those moments with my clients.
I like to help people inspire their creative side. You never know where your creative side may take you. For me it helps me find balance. Painting is a way of being in close contact with my emotions. When I paint all of my emotions are on the surface. I have suffered from mental illness and art is a healthy way for me to direct my energies.