Artist Statement & Bio

Artist Statement:

All my digital artworks begin with digital photographs.

Today’s computer-based photographic environment allows for remarkable control, over shape, form and colour.
My images are layered, pasted, and pushed beyond their recognizable photographic sources to form new compositions. Repeated grid-like elements echo back to the square pixel, the digital equivalent of the atom as building block. I often use “digital brushes” for mark making and for creating soft painterly areas and to achieve “natural media” textures reminiscent of oils, pastels, silk screen and water colours. I explore the ongoing integration (or lack thereof) between people and environment. I allude to weather patterns and topography in many of my pieces. My “landscapes” resonate with colour and have a spiritual presence. This is because I believe that while we are all linked to the seasons of nature many of us have lost our connection to them. The impact of technology and industrialization has dulled our awareness. We need to remember that there are no boundaries and we are all one. Ironically, I use the computer as a basic tool to achieve this!

Biography:
Tony has been working professionally as a commercial photographer and graphic designer for twenty seven years. Tony is a photo arts graduate (BAPA) from Ryerson Polytechnical University. He is a member of The Professional Photographers of British Columbia (PPABC) and The Professional Photographers of Canada (PPOC). He currently teaches Photography, Digital Photography and Photo-Mixed Media at The Victoria College Of Art and is a part-time second year instructor at The Western Academy of Photography teaching “Creative Problem Solving” . He also teaches classes and workshops at The Coast Collective, Denman Island Arts Centre, Uvic Continuing Studies and The Metchosin International Summer School.

He is the Winner of Vancouver Islands “Photographer Of The Year” highest agregate score at PPABC’s regional print salon and Winner of “Best UnClassified” and “Most Creative Image In The Show” at PPABC’s Provincial print salon and a National  Class Award  for “Electronic Composition” in the Commercial Industrial category.

He exhibits and sells his own Digital FIne Art prints and mixed media work throughout North America. Tony’s work also is recently showed at the “Off The Grid”show at the the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, the “Fully Engaged” Exhibit at  the Polychrome gallery in Victoria BC and “Abstractions” at The Coast Collective.