Inspiration and Subject Matter

Born and raised in Western Canada within close proximity to the Rocky Mountains, “Canadiana” has become the primary focus of my work. Our national symbol, the maple leaf, is a wonderful subject matter for pyrography. The intricate veins and craggy outlines become abstract topographies when burnt into wood.

I also enjoy illustrating wildlife such as bears and wolves. While I’ve never had close encounters, the fur and form are fascinating.

My roll as Pixel Wrangler (Art Director) for the series Cowboy Country Television has added a Western influence to my work. Capturing the power and elegance of horses and the intricate details found within tack and western vistas has become a fun and interesting challenge. I’ve also been commissioned to capture some Cowboys in action.

Hollywood has also influenced my work. A recent creative slump was busted when I decided to burn a portrait of Han Solo. The faces of actors Clint Eastwood and Hugh Laurie seem to be made for pyrography.