I work in the film and television industry. Hollywood producers and studios have been coming to my area of Canada for decades, taking advantage of our stunning and diverse landscape and our experienced and award winning crews.
For the past 20 years, I've been on shows as an Art Director and Assistant Art Director, occasionally as Graphic Designer. The list of productions include those by producers : Dreamworks (Spielberg), Warner Bros., Disney, MGM, MTV, FX, Ridley Scott, Brad Pitt, (Plan B Entertainment), Discovery Channel, Lifetime Television, the Cohen Brothers, and many more.
As a Production Designer for Art Films and smaller independent film projects, I worked
in particular as a Production Designer on “Beauty Crowds Me”, an Art Film Short which was showcased at the MOMA in New York, and I later received an AMPIA nomination
for Production Design on a feature film.
Most recently, I worked as an Assistant Art Director/Graphic Designer on the first and second seasons of the acclaimed TV Miniseries, Fargo, winner of 18 Emmie Award Nominations and 2 Emmy Wins for the first season (including Outstanding Mini-series and Outstanding Directing) and a Golden Globe award for Best Television Film or Miniseries. The second season won 3 Emmy awards with 36 Emmy nominations including an Emmy nomination for Production Design, a Critics Choice award,
American Film Institute Award, Dorian Award, and a Peabody Award. In total over 160 award nominations between the 2 seasons.
The Series hosted a long string of notable stars, including Martin Freeman, BillyBob Thornton, Colin Hanks, Oliver Platt, Adam Goldberg, Jeffrey Donovan, Patrick Wilson, Adam Arkin in Season 1. And Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemens, Jean Smart, Patrick Williams, Ted Danson, Brad Garrett, Kieran Culkin, among others, in Season 2.
FARGO is produced by the Cohen Brothers, Noah Hawley, and by Warren Littlefield, former head of NBC for 20 years.
I've been honoured to receive nominations for “Contribution to Excellence in
Production Design for a Television Movie or Limited Series” with the Art Directors Guild (ADG) (L.A.). Once for a Spielberg Mini-Series, and twice more for the first and second Seasons of Fargo, the T.V. Series. On the Spielberg Mini-Series I was the Principal Researcher for the Series, communicating our design research directly to
Prior to this and running concurrently to it I also worked in the Corporate Design/Advertising world for one of Western Canada's largest design/advertising firms and worked on contract for others including an international agencies with a local office.
As a practicing visual artist, I work with abstract, conceptual and figurative applications, video documentary, and large-scale aleatoric and photo based work. I am particularly interested in story. My studio resides with the Burns Visual Arts Society (BVAS), Canada’s oldest Artist Co-op.
I'm currently on Faculty with the Alberta University of the Arts (AUArts), formerly ACAD, in the School of Communication Design (B.Des.)
ART/DESIGN RESEARCH (selected)
Main Researcher, Steven Spielberg Film Production: “Into the West” | (6 Two-hour movies for Television : Miniseries) 2004
Milton Glaaser, Design Discourse | Graphic Design Workshop, School of Visual Arts (SVA), New York 1995
New York Studio School | Figurative Anatomical Study | Sculpture Marathon | Bruce Gagnier, Chris Cairns, Ed Smith 2004
AWARDS | MOTION PICTURE FILM & TELEVISION
2016 Art Directors Guild Awards (L.A.) | Nomination : Contribution to Excellence in Production Design for
Television Movie or Mini-Series. (Fargo Television Series, Season 2)
2015 Art Directors Guild Awards (L.A.) | Nomination : Contribution to Excellence in Production Design for
Television Movie or Mini-Series (Fargo Television Series, Season 1)
2005 Art Directors Guild Awards (L.A.) | Nomination : Contribution tp Excellence in Production Design for Television Movie or Mini-Series (A Stephen Spielberg Production)
1998 Golden Sheaf Award | Yorkton International Film Festival | Best Art Direction (This film was shown at the New York MOMA)
1999 AMPIA | Nomination : Best Art Direction Feature Film
1998 IRIS | Best Art Direction Music Video
FILM & TELEVISION | DESIGN | HIGHLIGHTS
Art Director / Assistant Art Director | Hollywood Films and Television Productions by Producers (selected) : Steven Spielberg, Brad Pitt, Disney, Warner Bros., Cohen Bros., Ridley Scott, MTV, Fox Entertainment, CBS, ABC
Film Production Designer | Independent Feature Films + Art Films (including Showings at NY MOMA, Received Golden Sheaf Award, Yorkton International Film Festival, Best Art Direction.)
Designer/Art Director | Television Commercials, Television Shows
Graphic Designer | Hollywood Films and Television Productions
FILM & TELEVISION | DESIGN | DETAIL
PRODUCTION DESIGNER (Film/Set Designer)
2003 - THE GIRL WHO MARRIED A GHOST, Feature Film
1998 - BAD MONEY, Feature Film, NOMINATION :Best Art Direction, AMPIA, 2000
1998 - BEAUTY CROWDS ME,Art Film : Shown at New YorkMOMA (Museum of Modern Art)
ART DIRECTOR, FILM/TELEVISION PRODUCTIONS (Assistant to the Production Designer)
2001 - WASTED, T.V., MTV Networks, starring Nick Stahl
2000 - FOR ALL TIME, T.V. (Art Director / Assistant Art Director), CBS/Rosemont Productions International Limited,
Starring : Mark Harmon, Mary McDonnell
ASSISTANT ART DIRECTOR, FILM/TELEVISION PRODUCTIONS
(Description:Graphic Design, Art Direction, and Assistant to the Production Designer)
2014 - 2015 – FARGO, T.V. MiniSeries, Second Season, MGM Studios, Producers : Cohen Brothers,Warren Littlefield ,Noah Hawley
Starring : Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemens, Jean Smart, Patrick Williams, Ted Danson, Brad Garrett, Kieran Culkin
Recipient of : Critics Choice award, American Film Institute Award, Dorian Award, Peabody Award
Nomination of : Emmie Award Nomination for : Outstanding Production Design
Nomination of: Art Director’s Guild AwardforExcellence in Production DesignFor Television Movie or Mini-Series
2013 – 2014 - FARGO, T.V. MiniSeries, First Season, MGM Studios, Producers :Cohen Brothers,Warren Littlefield,
Starring : Martin Freeman, BillyBob Thornton, Colin Hanks, Oliver Platt, Adam Goldberg, Jeffrey Donovan, Patrick Wilson, Adam Arkin
Recipient of :18 Emmie Award Nominationsand Emmie Winner as Outstanding MiniSeries andOutstanding Directing.
Recipient of : Golden Globe AwardforBest Miniseries or Television Film.
Nomination of: Art Director’s Guild AwardforExcellence in Production DesignFor Television Movie or Mini-Series
2013 - FORSAKEN, Feature Film, Rollercoaster Entertainment,
Starring : Keifer Sutherland, Demi Moore, Donald Sutherland,Brian Cox
2010 – HEARTLAND, Television Series, CBC May 2010
2009 - 12 MEN OF CHRISTMAS, T.V., Fox Entertainment, starring Josh Hopkins
2008 - HIGH NOON, T.V., Lifetime Movie Network, starring Emilie De Ravin, Ivan Sergei
2008 - NORTHERN LIGHTS, T.V., Lifetime Movie Network, starring LeAnn Riimes, Eddie Cibrian
2006 - EVEREST, T.V. Miniseries, CBC, starring Jason Priestly
2006 - CAROLINA MOON, T.V., Lifetime Movie Network, starring Claire Forlani, Oliver Hudson
2006 - ANGELS FALL, T.V., Lifetime Movie Network, starring Heather Locklear, Johnathon Schaech
2005 - THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD - (First Assistant Art Director)
Feature Film - Warner Brothers Studio / Plan B Entertainment – Producers: Ridley Scott, Brad Pitt.
starring Brad Pitt, Casey Affleck, Sam Shepard, Sam Rockwell, Jeremy Renner, Paul Schneider
2004 - INTO THE WEST, T.V. Miniseries, Dreamworks Television / TNT – Producer:Stephen Spielberg
Recipient of : 16 Emmie Award Nominationsand Winner of 2 Emmies.
Recipient of: Art Director’s Guild Award Nomination for Excellence in Production Design For A
Television Movie or Mini-Series.
2004 - LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE , T.V. Miniseries, ABC Entertainment / Walt Disney Studios
2003 - A PROBLEM WITH FEAR, Feature Film, Burns Film Ltd.
2003 - CHASING FREEDOM, T.V. , Blueprint Entertainment, starring Juliette Lewis
2003 - WORD OF HONOR, T.V., Warner Home Video, starring Don Johnson
2002 - BURN: A ROBERT WRAIGHT STORY, T.V., CTV
1999-2000 - CAITLIN’S WAY, TELEVISION SERIES, Nickelodeon / Lynch Entertainment
GRAPHIC DESIGNER AND/OR ASSISTANT ART DIRECTOR, FILM/TELEVISION PRODUCTIONS
2013 – KLONDIKE, T.V. Mini-Series, Discovery Channel, Producer : Ridley Scott,
Starring : Tim Roth, Sam Shepard.
Nomination of : Emmie Award for Best Miniseries.
2012 – RACE TO SAVE NOME, Feature Film, Freedom Films (Pre-Production), Freedom Films
2010 – LOST HOLIDAY: THE JIM & SUZANNE SHEMWELL STORY”, T.V., Lifetime Television
2006 – RESURRECTING THE CHAMP, Feature Film, Phoenix Pictures, starringSamuel L. Jackson,
2003 – HOLLYWOOD WIVES, THE NEXT GENERATION, T.V., Producer: Jackie Collins,starring
ART DIRECTOR / DESIGNER, TELEVISION COMMERCIALS
2000 – Carma, 1999 – Telus, 1999 – Shaw Cable, 1998 – Local Heros,1998 – ALS Society
ART DIRECTOR / DESIGNER, TELEVISION SPECIALS (Description: Art Director and Set Designer)
1998 - CMT Screening Room, Television Weekly Special, CMT Canada
1998 – Video Cafe, Television Special, CMT Canada
ART DIRECTOR / DESIGNER, STAGE DESIGN
2001 – Ad Rodeo, Calgary Advertising Awards Show, Jubilee Auditorium, Calgary, AB
ART DIRECTOR / STYLIST
2002 – Chatelaine Magazine, Home Focus
ART DIRECTOR | DESIGNER, MUSIC VIDEO
1997 Jan Arden Label : Big Hip Records | Lin Elder | Sorry For Your Heart
1997 Jan Arden Label : Big Hip Records | Maei Moore | Free to Love Me
1996 Karl Roth | Everybody Wants to Be a Cat | Cracker Films | Award : Best Art Direction Music Video, IRIS 1998
IATSE 212 (Film Union) Portfolio Review Committee
New York Studio School (NYSS) Alumni Association | Canadian Chapter | Co-Director
ACAD (Alberta College of Art + Design ) : Communications Officer, Executive Board of ACADFA (ACAD Faculty Association)
IATSE212 (International Film Union)
GDC (Graphic Designers of Canada)
Sculptors’ Association of Alberta
Burns Visual Arts Society
GRAPHIC DESIGN | 1994-2019
Graphic Designer/Assistant Art Director /Art Director: Film and Television Productions by Producers (selected : Warner Bros., Disney, MGM Studios, MTV, Cohen Brothers, Ridley Scott, Lifetime Television, Discovery Channel, Brad Pitt (Plan B Entertainment).
Graphic Designer/Art Director : Corporate and Advertising Design, Agencies. Clients (selected): Telus Communications, Canadian Airlines, Gulf Canada Resources Limited, CN Railway, Health Canada, TransCanada Pipelines, Royal Trust, Corus Entertainment.
Mediums (including but not limited to): Web Design, Corporate Annual Reports, Branding, Film Title Design (and Credits Design), Packaging Design,Advertising: Indoor and Outdoor, Advertising Print Ads, Advertising Campaigns, Magazine Design/Art Direction, Motion Graphics.
TEACHING | POST-SECONDARY
ACAD | Alberta College of Art & Design | Faculty, School of Communication Design | 2010-2019
TEACHING | WORKSHOPS, CONTINUING EDUCATION (Selected)
ACAD, Continuing Education :
Clay Sculpture ; Figurative Adult : 2015-18
Conceptual Sculpture Teen : Summer 2015
Drawing Techniques of the Masters : Teen : 2017-19
Red Deer College, Summer Series :
Clay Sculpture ; figurative: 2013-17
TEACHING | HIGH SCHOOL & JUNIOR HIGHSCHOOL/MIDDLE SCHOOL
Masters Academy and College (Private High School / Middle School) : Grades 10-12 (Art 10, 20, 30),and Grades 7-9
(Graphic Design, Set Design, Art) : Developed and Taught Curriculum, Calgary, AB 2007-2008
2018 | NYSS, New York, NY (Juried): “X Marks the Spot | Women of the New York Studio School”
2018 | Gallerie Richard, New York, NY : Buy What You Love
2017 | Muttart Conservatory, Edmonton, AB : “True North : Celebrating Canada 150”
2017 | Leighton Centre, Calgary, AB : Spontaneous Combustion : Burns Visual Arts Society Exhibition
2016 | ArtsPlace, Canmore, AB (Juried) :Eye On Canmore
2016 | The Edge Gallery, Calgary, AB (Juried): I Love Inglewood
2015 | Illingworth Kerr Gallery, Calgary, AB : Faculty Show
2014 | Bosi Contemporary Art, New York, NY : Buy What You Love
2014 | Whyte Museum, Banff, AB : “Portraiture” (Juried)
(Including work by: Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Evan Penny, Chris Cran)
2014 | Passage Gallery, Calgary, AB (Juried) : Still Burning : 35thAnniversary Exhibition, Burns Visual Arts Society
2014 | Jayne Creighton Design, Calgary, AB : Surface Works
2013 | Bleecker Street Arts Club,New York, NY : Buy What You Love
2013 | Jayne Creighton Design, Calgary, AB : Surface Works
2012 | HOLE, New York, NY : Buy What You Love
2011 | AXIS Contemporary Art Gallery, Calgary, AB Duo (Juried) : Temporary Showroom
2011 | Calgary International Film Festival, Calgary AB (mini-documentary series and figurative sculptures) Solo (Juried)
2010 | Jack Sahinman Gallery, New York, NY : Buy What You Love
2009 | Colors Battistella, Calgary, AB : Untitled Art Society : Collections
2008 | Leighton Art Centre, Calgary, AB (Juried) : International Figure Exhibition
2007 | Untitled Art Society,Calgary, AB (Juried) : Post Miniature Exhibition
2007 | UpperCase Gallery, Calgary, AB (Juried): The Shatner Show
2007 | Arthouse,Calgary, AB : Recycle
2006 | Arthouse,Calgary, AB : The Velvet Love
2006 | Untitled Art Society, Calgary, AB Duo(Juried) : Italia
2003 | Sugar Estate Gallery,Calgary, AB Solo(Juried) : About Face : Metaphorical Portraits
1996 | Design Exchange, Toronto, ON 1996 (Juried) : Directions ’98, Annual Showcase of Advertising and Design in Canada
AWARDS | VISUAL ART
Alberta Foundation for the Arts (AFA) | Visual Arts Project Grant 2008
PUBLICATIONS / MEDIA
THE SHATNER SHOW– Hard Cover Book; 76 Artists from Canada and the
U.S., (Juried),Curated by Janine VanGool, UpperCase Gallery, Jun 2007
NATIONAL POST, Cover Story:“What is Canadian?; Simply Shatner. How to explain the
cultural phenomenon that is William Shatner? A Calgary Art Exhibit tries”.(covering the
Shatner Show : photograph features Shatner Sculpture ) Kevin Libin, Jun 30, 2007
UPPERCASE MAGAZINE, “Performance : Making it Come Alive : Design for Film and Television”, Issue #31, Oct 2016, Pg. 75.
FAITH TODAY, “Lights, Camera Controversy”, (Interview with Kevin Miller), Jan / Feb 2005
GOMEDIA CANADA, Interview, Calgary, AB Oct 2018
ARTLAND, Television’s Tour of America’s Art. Mame McCutchin + Toby Amies. Featuring the Shatner Show in one episode. 2007
CBC NEWSWORLD (covering the Shatner Show–closeup of Shatner sculpture) Jun 16-18 2007
GLOBAL TELEVISION (CALGARY), The News Channel : Interview with Gill Tucker. Jun 4 2007
BRAVO – Story on the Calgary Art Scene: Featuring the 2-person Show: Italia Mar 2006
CHANNEL 2&7, BREAKFAST EDITION (CALGARY) - (Featuring Advertising Poster for the Canadian
Cancer Society.) February 1994
PUBLICATIONS | EXERPT
“Up Till Now! The Autobiography | William Shatner” | "I’d even been honored as the subject of an entire art show – about seventy six artists created original pieces about me for an exhibition and book called The Shatner Show…. It is an astonishing collection, with pieces made from a variety of materials - including a bust made of LEGOs and another one of clay, limestone, artificial ferns, and plumbing pieces. So I’ve seen myself in plastic and plumbing."
(William Shatner, Re; Sculpture of William Shatner for “The Shatner Show”) St. Martins Press Published 2008 Hardcover ISBN - 10:0312372655
“… an articulate, perceptive and analytical mind……sculpture solutions that have a meaningful and provocative presence”. (Katie Ohe)
“… very interesting. Such a hypo-realistic approach and very well crafted.” (Marek Dobrowolski, Hollywood Film Designer for Steven Spielberg)
“ ….These are so beautiful...I love them….they catch me”. (Richard Hoover, Hollywood Film Designer for Brad Pitt)
"Your art is really beautiful. I admire your talent." (Farrah Fawcett, Actor)