Art and design has provided me with a great escape. When I'm designing a piece, my periphery fades and I am completely focused on my work. I remember being exposed to the arts at a young age. When I was 4 years old, my dad (who was an architect) taught me how to draw faces using graph paper and using shapes to mark where the details would be placed. I learned that drawing lines through the face to position where the eyes, nose, and lips would appear was key to drawing a symmetrical face.
My bed sheets as a child were of Picasso's Portrait Of A Woman In A Hat and it resonated with me so much that I became obsessed with Picasso's work which eventually inspired this painting Lady With Pearls and many others. Needless to say, I am totally enamoured with colour, patterns, and shapes.
When I was in my OAC year art class, my teacher recognized my love for patterns from the work I was producing and insisted that I would make a great wall-paper designer. I took that as a sign to explore the arts even further. I spent the next four years in the Fine Arts program at York University studying different forms of art. While I majored in painting and art history, I was drawn to graphic design. Illustrator was the first program that I learned to use and I've been trying to navigate my way through the menu bar ever since.