I look at social issues using art. As self-proclaimed documentary portrait painter, I pair large over-sized portraits with the personal histories of my subjects. The story of each subject is available by clicking on the picture of the portrait on the website. I am documenting the effects of people’s biases, opinions, actions and laws on the lives of others actually living a social issue. For example, my current topic of social inquiry looks at the way people living in the United States access healthcare.
People are always banging on about ‘finding yourself’ when you go traveling. But when you’re living in hostels and greyhound stations, the reality is that mostly the only time you’re alone is on the toilet. So after traveling for five months, I rented a room in Calgary and spent most of two months in solitude, painstakingly working away on this series of self-portraits. I still haven’t found myself.