Off the Coast of Utopia is about the work of a Canadian painter living in Florence, Italy. Here you can read my insights and comments about both my old and new work and see works in progress, sketches, and ideas.
The role of the artist is two-fold, both as an artisan and an intellectual. To this end, my research focuses on historical painting techniques (many of which were lost in the 20th century) and the historical, philosophical, and theological milieus in which they arose. I am continually evaluating these areas in relation to current trends and philosophies.
I consider myself to be an artist in the European painting tradition also known as Traditional Realism, which places the depiction of the human figure the highest possible artistic statement. My work is an interplay between dominant themes found in European cultural history which includes biblical personalities, allegorical stories, ancient myths and fairy tales and how these are appropriated, adapted and perceived by contemporary culture. Inspiration comes sources as diverse as Hellenistic Greek sculpture, Byzantine icons, Renaissance frescoes, the American comic book, and modern cinema. I strive to not simply copy the work of past masters but move forward making work that is both radically traditional and of our time.