Highlighting the obscure attributes of wood as a counterpoint to its ubiquitous nature I seek to highlight the material to illustrate our relationship with the environment. Excavating wood’s intrinsic value its esoteric attributes act as a counterpoint to its ubiquitous nature, it provides me a modal focus for greater understanding of our world. As wood is the central means to tool my expression and self-actualization, the singular confines of its materiality in reality provides me with endless adventure and intrigue for my artistic investigations. There are so many details and implications to explore of something that is so omnipresent, and for me the limitations of such confinement are actually delineated foundations from which to build. Leveraging the mechanics of meaning between art and craft I utilize sculpture, painting, print, film, installation and performance as well as traditional woodworking to explore the legacy of wood with all its embedded gestures. My work is informed by a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Queen's University and years working as a carpenter with my furniture making company Alternative Woodworks. I have curated several shows in BC, operated a gallery, and as an artist my paintings, sculpture and prints have been shown across Canada with a large sculpture permanently displayed at the Cowichan Community Centre on Vancouver Island. I’ve also published a book of poetry and am currently developing a workshop which uses abstraction as a means to contemplate our relationship with wood.