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Question 4: What formal studies or progression of activities did you pursue?


My training actually started very early, I remember I was showing some model airplanes at a very amateur community parks exhibition when I was about 7 years old and a local art instructor came across it and very promptly called my parents and said: This child should be taking my art classes. So I was involved with this woman from the time I was about 7 until 18, all through high school. And I was always drawing, painting, modeling. She taught me about Picasso, all the major movements of art throughout the 20th century. So I was very fortunate to have that type of grounding that early in my life. And then from there I studied at the Ontario College of Art. I wasn’t sure if I was gonna do that as soon as I graduated from high school. I was a bit nervous about the economic implications of becoming an artist, tried to fool myself that maybe I should get a degree in something more practical. But I remember going to the application of the school and as soon as I saw all the studios, what they were making, I knew right away that’s where I wanted to be. So I studied there for three years in Toronto and then in the fourth year they had an off-campus program in New York City and I applied for that and was accepted. We just worked independently in a 5,000-square-foot studio in mid-town Manhattan and just made art and were able to immerse yourself in that real high-octane culture of Manhattan art-making. Unfortunately, I probably sabotaged any expectations I had of continuing my education because by the time I graduated, I was making art and that’s just what I wanted to do from then.