Tony Kristopaitis was born in Vancouver, BC in 1965 where he currently resides. He graduated from Emily Carr University, majoring in painting and sculpture. Tony starts his work with a sketch in order to work out the composition. He uses a variety of media and drawing tools, from pencil, charcoal, crayon to oils, acrylics and wax. He is trained in glass which influences his interest in transparency through the wax layering of his canvases and with resin in his sculptural pieces. Tony has a passion for gardening, the forest and layers of underwater riverbeds which influence his work. The layering of foliage and flowers with wax creates a translucency and depth in the process of mark-making, colour and texture onto the canvas, resulting in unexpected discovery through the act of painting. Tony often uses photography to capture the essence of the garden experience which is then translated into abstract and even surreal compositions.