Hi! I'm Patrick.
I'm an artist, illustrator, writer, and maker. Basically, I just make things (up).
Once upon a time, I was a seat filler on Canadian Idol (yes, it was a thing) and I was paid in subway tokens. After that, I blowdried the armpits of dancers on a Canadian kid's TV show. Then, I taught grades 2/3 and 5/6 for thirteen years. Now? I'm raising four feminist boys and making art full time, from my home studio in Prince Edward Island. I'm an Islander by Choice, moving here with my family after dreaming for too long and realizing during the pandemic that life is too short to wait until retiring to do what you love.
Almost every morning, I get up earlier than anyone else in the house to make things (up).
I learned about storytelling - both with words and visually (in pictures) - through rigorous, daily practice, reading (a lot) and studying television production at Ryerson University.
I wrote a manifesto about everything I believe to be true with art. It's right here!
Keep up with me! I'm active on Facebook & Instagram, and you can get emails from me too - I love sending out free downloads and printables, updates on what I'm learning and working, and news on art you can buy!
If you live on, or are traveling around PEI, you'll find my work in Pigeons (Montague, PEI), Artisans on Main Souris (Souris, PEI) and in some of the guest rooms at The Inn At Bay Fortune (Fortune, PEI).
A Few of my favourite things:
freshly sharpened pencils
the kid's section of the book store
when my kids laugh
that elusive moment of inspiration
the phrase "I have an idea!"