Strickland’s formal fine art education began at Sheridan College, where he immersed himself in the foundations of painting; mastering colour theory, draftsmanship and design, all of which have become the heart of his art. Seeking a diverse avenue to further perfect his practice, Strickland worked under the tutelage of well respected American realist painters. His passion to learn has also brought him to China, where Strickland worked closely with mainland artists and grasp the intricacies of their traditions. Building upon these experiences have enable Strickland to further deepen his artistic expression as an observer of the here and now. Strickland has developed into one of the premier emerging artist in North America.
2017 – Best under 35, Next2 (juried by McMichael Gallery, McLaughlin Gallery and Loch Gallery) , Arts & Letters Club.
2017 – Foundation Award, Next2 (Juried by McMichael Gallery, McLaughlin Gallery and Loch Gallery), Arts & Letters Club.
2017 – 21 under 31. Southwest Art Magazine. Top twenty one artists under 31 to invest in www.Southwestart.com
2017 – Best Artist Under 30, PleinAir Salon. www.pleinairsalon.com
2017 – Emerging Artist Winner, Art Muse Contest.
2017 – Finalist, Bold Brush Painting Contest. http://faso.com/boldbrush/
2014/2016 – Chalmers Professional Development Grant, Ontario Arts Council. Private mentorship with Daniel J. Keys and workshop with Jeremy Lipking
2018 - Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibtion, Nathan Philips Square, Toronto, Ca
2018 - Riverdale Art Walk, Jimmie Simpson Park, Toronto, Ca
2017 - Riverdale Art Walk, Jimmie Simpson Park, Toronto, Ca
2018 - The 14th Annual Shenzhen Cultural Industries Fair. Landscape Tourism Culture Park, Longhua District Guanlan Town, Shenzhen China.
2017 - Small Works Show, Westmount Gallery, Etobicoke, Ca