I am an art director from Toronto, Canada, currently freelancing in Europe. Primarily, my work falls within digital art direction and design, though I’ve worked on pretty much every kind of project for clients ranging from the biggest companies to the smallest start-ups.
My spare time is chiefly taken up with photography, though I also dabble in writing and playing music. I’ve spoken at events, I regularly write for Applied Arts, and I've even led a few workshops over the years. I am also a member of the Program Advisory Council for Centennial College's Graphic Design program in Toronto.
It's always nice to be recognized for being a part of making something good happen, and some of the projects I’ve worked on have been recognized by Cannes, the Canadian Marketing Awards, the Advertising & Design Club of Canada, the John Caples International Awards and Applied Arts Magazine.
"Stuart is second generation ad man, and somehow that seasoning comes through. Thoughtful, soulful, mindful of craft and communications heritage... and yet vibrant and dynamic work, exciting and varied taste. We often look to Stuart to set the tone for a new opportunity. Fully engaged, inquisitive, fearless, open to learning and stretching beyond his comfort zone—key attributes for a star art director. Stuart has recently taken on larger roles in the agency, lending his time and expertise to help others be better. And that, friends, is a leadership trait."
John Gagné, Executive Creative Director, Proximity/BBDO
"Stuart is what I'd call the perfect-combo Art Director: talented, proactive, hard-worker, fun and feet on the ground. Always. He has a very solid understanding of design principles and applies them to every project he touches, he's one of those rare true 360 Art Directors who can equally dive into the online world and swim like a shark or jump to the offline world and amaze us with his thoughtful work and craft, no matter the very tight timelines or crazy hours. He's definitively one of the best kept secrets of the Agency, always in demand, a valuable asset to any team or project that requires artistic talent, lots of energy and tons of expertise. In short, Stuart is an amazing Art Director, lots of value and to boot, he's an absolute pleasure to work with."
Fernando Salvador, Creative, TAXI
"Stuart first showed up at Proximity wide-eyed and ready for action. Enthusiasm would be an understatement. And he shows no signs of letting up. He digs in, works hard and is often sought after — and for good reason. No doubt, advertising is part of his DNA."
Rene Rouleau, Creative Director, Proximity Canada
"Having worked with literally hundreds of Art Directors over the years, I can say this with absolute certainty: Stuart is a young man with a very big future in front of him. He’s that rare individual who brings everything he has – and then some – to the table. His art direction is superb; his design breathtaking. To top things off, he’s easy going and has seemingly boundless energy. Great guy. Great AD. Period."
Paula Purdon, Freelance Senior Copywriter