Patrick studied communication and the media before becoming involved in a series of art projects where he was able to hone his image making skills. He went freelance when he lived in New York in 2001, working on projects like book covers, animated series and magazine illustrations.
When Patrick gets a brief, he spends a lot of time researching and seeking inspiration. He looks for references, develops a mood board, and tries to conjure up a feel and/or a narrative that fits the project.
Patrick works in two styles. The first draws together photographic elements to create wildly colourful and often quite detailed collage imagery. He uses the various parts of the image to try and tell a story conveying the direction of the piece he’s illustrating. His second style employs vector graphics. It’s equally striking and no less colourful than his collage work.
Question: What drew you to illustration/design? Patrick: A mix of odd jobs, photography & wanting to seem sexy and artistic. Question: Do you have any formal design training? Patrick: Not really, I studied Communication, but I did often take naps in the visual art’s department. They had a fantastic couch! Question: Where are you originally from? Patrick: Ottawa, Ontario. Question: Where do you live now & what drew you there? Patrick: After 4 years of wandering the world, I’ve now a semi-stable studio in Vancouver. Question: Where is your studio and can you describe it for me? Patrick: It’s a short walk from the Ocean, in a 2 story Heritage building (which for us Canadians usually means a 100 years old). Question: Who or What is your biggest inspiration? Patrick: The internet. Question: Do you keep a scrapbook? Patrick: I do - mostly random thoughts, daily lists and coffee stains. Question: What are your interests outside of illustration? Patrick: Painting, photography, reading, cooking, yoga and running, to name a few. Question: What would be your dream job/commission? Patrick: Perhaps working on a Tim Burton movie poster or CD cover for Wolfmother. Question: Who is/are your art hero/es? Patrick: Andy Warhol, Dali & Blu (Berlin Street Artist).
Question: If you were not an illustrator, what would you be? Patrick: A hobo (but with really fashionable clothes) and multiple round the world tickets. Question: Have you any hidden talents? Patrick: I make really strong coffee and apparently my guacamole taste like heaven. Question: If you could live anywhere, where would you go? Patrick: That’s the million dollar question. I’ve always wanted to go back to New York, love the Lower East Side and Chelsea area, yet living in Europe seems a good fit too. Question: If you won the lottery what would you do with the money? Patrick: I’d hide it all in my little shoes. Of course they’d be really really expensive shoes. Question: Would you continue to illustrate? Patrick: Naturally! Just with more expensive equipment, and my painting can be done outside in my own successful vineyard. Question: If you could travel back in time, who would be the one person you would want to meet? Patrick: Perhaps a pot luck dinner with Jim Morrison, Leonard Cohen, Jesus and Andy Warhol. Question: What do you have bookmarked? Patrick: Design is Kinky, Perez Hilton, Craigslist and face hunter just to name a few.
Coke, Coors, Wines of France, DaimlerChrysler , Jacob's Coffee, ebay, Tyra Banks, Sloggi, LufthansaFavourites
: Always changing, but Front & Company in Vancouver
is currently holding a soft spot in my heart, it’s like a fancy used clothing store.
: My Friend Nico
: Too many, but the last trip I did was to Tofino, most western point of Canada.
: Macs & my brain