I graduated with a diploma in Commercial Design and
Advertising in 1981 at the University College of the
Cariboo, Canada and then two years of part time
marketing study at the British Columbia Institute of
Technology. I worked freelance in marketing, sales
public relations, graphic design and as an art director
for twelve years while living in Malaysia, China and the
While I lived in China I studied sculpture and Chinese
calligraphy with local artists and teachers with the help
of translators. I also designed menu covers and
brochures for the Shangrila Hotel Beijing.
From 2000-03, I attended the Vancouver Academy of
Art in part time studies in classical portrait drawing,
watercolor portrait painting and “Boku Jazz,” a form of
Zen brush painting with artist Ari Tomita.