“In a sense, every work you do is a self-portrait because your paintings always reveal more about you than about your subject. Your experience of something, not the something itself, is the true underlying subject of every work you do.”
– Richard Schmid
If you already had a look at my work, you probably got a glimpse of who I am, as an artist at least. I love nature, music, masculinity, light and beauty, but most of all, I love to paint how they affect me, how they move me.
I started drawing at a very young age. My mom recently showed me a portrait I had drawn when I was 2 years old: a portrait of her with her curly hair and her occasional very serious look. When I saw this somewhat well proportioned portrait (for a 2 year old anyways), I wondered if I had placed the eyes correctly in the middle of the face because I was born with a good sense of observation and a steady hand, or if it was just the chance of the beginner! No matter the reason, what I am sure of -the most important part of it- is that I always felt happiness from drawing and painting.
At the age of 13, I was one of the youngest students enrolled in Mission:Renaissance fine art program in Montreal. It is then that my interest for drawing was transformed into a real passion for fine arts. There, I studied the foundations of classical drawing and painting in charcoal, watercolour, oil and soft pastel, which became throughout the years, my medium of choice.
Teaching at this school for six years allowed me to deepen my understanding of the fundamental drawing and painting techniques to be in a position to better share them with other students looking for inspiration, knowledge and skills.
I have been teaching in my private studio in Montreal for now more than ten years. As varied as they are, my students all have one thing in common: the desire to learn how to draw and paint in a realistic style through a structured approach inspired by the fine art tradition.
"Painting is easy when you don't know how, but very difficult when you do.” - Edgar Degas