I grew up in Winnipeg's Wolseley neighborhood where I spent my formative years and was trained in carpentry by my father, Henry. He gave me my grounding in the field and we worked together for a number of years before I made a move east.
I spent 17 years in Toronto where I immersed myself in many different pursuits. I worked as a carpenter and among other things, spent a period of time with a custom closet company. During the years I was a touring musician I worked as a house painter and then became a scenic painter for film and television. My last period in Toronto was spent co-owning and operating a successful recording studio (Chemical Sound) from 1999 to 2006. All through these years I continued my passion for design and building by fitting in projects whenever possible. Since returning to Winnipeg in 2006 I have concentrated solely on design/build, my biggest passion.
I believe my strength in this field comes from my attention to solid design and functionality and the sheer number and variety of things I have created over the years. The greatest advantage of the designer/builder is the ability to evolve and refine the design of a project as it is being created, responding to the inevitable challenges as they arise. The design is therefore free to adapt in unforseen ways and as a result, the finished project often transcends the original concept.
Though not married to a particular style, I would have to admit a penchant for a clean, modern aesthetic. That being stated, projects need to integrate into their surroundings in a pleasing and functional way, so minimalism isn't always the appropriate direction. I have a particular interest in lighting, which is often treated as an afterthought instead of an essential part of the design of any space. Many of my projects incorporate lighting into the actual structures I create.
There are few things more gratifying than living or working in an inspiring space that has been created to bring out the best in the people who occupy it, and serve the purpose for which it was intended.