Meet the Artist
A Canadian acrylic painter and online content creator with a mission to encourage the world to make art (⁎ᵕᴗᵕ⁎）
I've been on my artistic journey for as long as I can remember. My love for painting began with daily episodes of Bob Ross' 'The Joy of Painting' before catching the bus to elementary school. Since then, painting was always a consistent hobby of mine growing up. After graduating from WLU (Waterloo) with my BBA in 2013, I moved across Canada to pursue job opportunities while independently exploring a new area of the country. I began juggling a variety of jobs and eventually found my creative outlet after being hired to host painting parties in bars and restaurants. After moving back to Ontario in late 2014, I brought my new knowledge and experience with me: organizing and hosting my own painting and maker/DIY events in local venues, growing a large team of fabulous hosting artists, and managing a business spanning across multiple regions in the province.
The COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020 caused a huge shift in direction for me. With in-person events becoming out of the question, my business dissolved and I quickly moved online and began independently live-streaming to continue spreading the love for painting. Having something to rely on as a decompressor and a way to re-connect with the world was more important than ever, and for me and many others, discussing and making art together online was (and continues to be) that answer. Since May 2020, I have hosted over 75+ free online step by step painting tutorials, live streamed creative entertainment/content for over 1,000 hours, and have grown a community of over 10,000 across multiple online social platforms.
My goal moving forward is to continue to grow personally as an artist while providing accessible artistic education and support for those who continue to find themselves 'inside' at home during this confusing time in our lives. With the creation of this website and opening of my online art shop, I feel like the next phase of my artistic journey is just beginning. I'm so excited to see where it all takes me, with all of you coming along and experiencing it with me every step of the way. Thanks for your continued support, and for being here with me through it all - and as Bob Ross says, 'Happy Painting'!