JD is a self taught artist originally from Winnipeg MB who now calls Calgary AB home. He would describe his style of creating as ‘spontaneous yet technical’.
Growing up in both a family and city where self expression and the arts were nurtured, it was only a matter of time before he was exploring and discovering what motivated him personally.
He was most inspired at a young age by the large colourful and often intricate murals that we see and speculate about in our cities every day. Not long after discovering his love of street art and its culture, he began to teach himself to paint through trial & error and countless hours of practice.
JD later went on to take Graphic Arts courses at SAIT, as well as classes at Alberta College of Art and Design (ACAD) in Calgary to further practice proficiency and technique.
He finds himself most inspired by the history and culture of international street art, comic books, cartoons, and is motivated by a community of artists and friends that continually push each to move out of their comfort zones while creating.
Most of JD’s works consist of bright contrasting tones of aerosol paint. However he also enjoys using other media, including digital design and works with marker, pencil/ink, acrylic, oils, gels, and sculpture based items. This combined with detailed movement and layers of texture produce visually gratifying and energetic pieces.
The finished products can range from the smallest of canvas, to large two story buildings that require scaffolding to complete. These murals combine huge thirst quenching splashes of bold colour with flowing thick and thin line detail, leaving the viewer travelling through layer by layer to decipher and absorb its full effect.
His philosophy when it comes to creating is to have fun, and don’t be afraid to get messy while learning new techniques and composition. He would like to continue to bring energy to spaces we often forget can be an artistic platform, while breathing creative culture and life into otherwise dull and monotonous environments.
JD has donated mural work to local Non-profit groups, competed in art festivals, painted in cities around the globe, collaborated with artists from across Canada as well as commissioned pieces for business/building owners and individuals looking to bring a burst of energy into their homes and places of business alike.
He hopes to give people of all ages a chance to see the potential and beauty of mural/street art, as well as inspire young people to see art in any form as an outlet and amazing opportunity to showcase individual self expression and inventiveness.