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Behind the Paintbrush
(b. 1993 in Newfoundland, Canada)
I am an artist based out of Mississauga, Ontario. My work consists of a wide range of acrylic and digital art including portraits, landscapes, still-life and abstract design. My passion for art has been prominent for as long as I can remember. Everywhere I look, I see an opportunity to create something. This is why I do what I do- I can't imagine a life without it.
When I was about 6 years old my mother moved with my siblings and I away from our tiny hometown of Stanhope, Newfoundland and into the bustling suburbs of Brampton, Ontario. Throughout my childhood I would carry a sketch book with me wherever I went, and by the time I'd reached high school my electives were filled with Visual Art and Sculpture classes anywhere I could fit them. Creativity is something that has always came naturally to me.
Becoming a full-time artist felt like a distant dream of mine. Fear of failure had clouded my aspirations to the point of giving up on the idea before I had even tried. I was afraid to ruin the one thing that always brought me comfort. It was't until 2017 that my perspective began to change when I started commissioning portraits outside of my full-time job. After a couple years of steady work doing portraits and feeling increasingly more unfulfilled at my day job, I decided it was time to begin my pursuit of happiness. I quit my stressful 9-5 and began dedicating myself to my painting full-time.
Most artists are known for creating work that falls under a specific style or niche, mainly because we are taught that we must have one in order to be successful in the art world. To be honest I've never resonated with this narrative as it goes against every single creative instinct that I have. This is why I choose to commission all kinds of artwork. I want to share the kind of creativity that is limitless and exciting. Not just for the artist, but for the buyer as well.
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How much do you charge for a custom portrait?It all depends on how large and how much subject matter is included in the piece, but for a single-subject portrait prices typically start at $250 for an 8" x 10" painting. If you'd like to get an exact quote for a piece you'd like to commission, fill out the 'Get a Quote' form on the contact page.
How long does each painting take?Paintings can take anywhere from 1-8 weeks to complete depending on how large/detailed your piece is. My most commonly commissioned pieces are 16" x 20" single-subject portraits, and these on average take about 2-3 weeks to complete.
Do you ship outside of Canada?Certainly! If you are ever wondering what shipping would cost to ship to your country, simply provide me with your address or the address of somewhere near to you and I will calculate this for you.
I'm nervous about having my painting shipped. Can I pick it up instead?Absolutely! I always offer my clients the option for free local pick up in Mississauga. Simply reach out to me directly and we can schedule a date/time that works best for you.
What if my painting is damaged in the shipping process?All shipped items are covered under insurance which is included in the overall shipping cost. If your painting arrives damaged, please reach out to me immediately and send any photos that may be helpful to ensure full coverage. Once your claim is accepted you may request a full refund or ask to have your painting remade.
Do I need to know exactly what size/picture I want before I inquire?Absolutely not! Its my job as the artist to help with the creative side of things. If you have a general idea but you're not sure where to start, I'll brainstorm some options for you and provide you with a list of prices/sizes for you to choose from.
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