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 school teacher and painter. They grew up in Revelstoke, a little town in the mountains more than 5000km away. It was wonderful when we were able to travel to the west coast and visit family.
I didn't look Japanese and never really never gave it a second thought. My uncle said I was a "half blood". I figured that meant I was half Japanese - a third generation Sansei. The Hawaiian term for people of mixed blood is "Hapa", and that's how I see it.
Thoughts and ideas connected to art and personal identity have persisted and continue to be constantly questioned in my life and work, as a sculptor and illustrator.
Paseka, a Little Elephant, Brave; by author Ruth James, is the first book I have ever illustrated. It was a wonderful collaboration and an honour to work on.
Please feel free to contact me if you are interested in any of my original artwork or would like me to create a special commission. I welcome the opportunity to collaborate on projects, whether it be stone or illustration