I was born in Nova Scotia and grew up on the east coast amongst the forest. As a boy, drawing was as much a part of my life as the trees, ponds and paths.
My father served in the Navy and flew Sea King helicopters. My mother, born second generation Japanese Canadian Nisei, was a teacher. They both grew up in Revelstoke, a little mountain community more than 5000km away. Despite the distance I felt we were a close family.
When I was a kid, my uncle told me that I was a "half blood". I figured he meant I was half Japanese. In time I learnt the correct wording, I was Japanese Canadian, third generation Sansei. The Hawaiian term for people of mixed blood is "Hapa", and that resonates.
I earned my Fine Arts D.E.C in Montreal and then my B.F.A at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design where I could study under John Greer. With a deep devotion for stones I headed to Pietrasanta, Italy where I could immerse myself in the world of marble carving. I worked at Studio Leonardi for three wonderful years. For the last twenty years I have maintained my studio practice at the edge of the forest near PKOLS on Vancouver Island.
Besides sculpture I also do illustration work, most recently the artwork for the book,"Paseka, A Little Elephant, Brave" by author Ruth James. If you have an idea you'd like to discuss, please contact me and we'll go from there.
With gratitude, I acknowledge and respect the lək̓ʷəŋən peoples on whose traditional territory my family lives, learns and works and the Songhees, Esquimalt and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.