graduated from a Journalism and New Media program at St. Clair College in Windsor, Ontario

– completed a French language certificate with L’Ecole de langue francaise at the Universite du Quebec a Chicoutimi

graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) at Algoma University in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario with a minor study in English literature

Grants / Awards

Deaf and Disability Arts Grant from The Ontario Arts Council – 2018

Northern Arts Grant from the Ontario Arts Council- 2016

Deaf and Disability Arts Materials and Supplies Assistance Grant from The Ontario Arts Council – 2016

Exhibition Assistance Grants – 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011(2), 2012(2), 2013, 2014(2), 2015, 2016, 2018

Rising Star award at the Canada International Film Festival – 2013

Algoma University President’s Award – 2010

John Deakin Buckley Walton Scholarship – 2009

Solo Exhibits

Motion and Degradation” in Windsor, Ont. at Kush Lounge – Nov. to Dec., 2003

X” in Victoria, B.C. at the 50/50 Arts Collective – Dec. to Jan., 2004

Broken Eggs” in Victoria, B.C. at a private gallery in 2005

Recent Work” in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. at Whitespace – July 20 – Aug. 2, 2007

Ecriture” in Barrie, Ont. at Awkward Gallery – May 30 – June 27, 2009

The Sickness” in Windsor, Ont. at Common Ground Gallery – June 23 – July 21, 2010

Communicating the Incommunicable” in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. at The Algoma Art Gallery – Sept. 16 – Nov. 28, 2010

Communicating With The Mentally Ill” in Toronto, Ont. at Gallery 1313 –July 2011

Pictures From A Sick Mind” in Red Deer, Alb. at The Harris-Warke Gallery – January 9 – February 11, 2012

Reworking The Past” in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. at NASA Gallery – July 28 – Aug. 11, 2012

“Paintings on film” in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. at Camera Craft Gallery – Feb.3 -March 1, 2014

The Revolution is Now” in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. at 180 Projects – Summer 2015

Broke and Hungry” in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. at Gallery 46 – Nov. 15 – Jan. 15, 2017

“In Mourning” online at www.inmourningx.com – Aug. 30, 2018 to Jan. 31, 2019

“Looking Forward/Back” in Timmins, Ont. at The Timmins National Museum And Exhibition Centre –  March 2020

Public Art Commissions

Algoma University –  2010

Sault Ste. Marie Public Library –  2020

Reviews / Press

ArtToronto.ca – “Communicating with the Mentally Ill” – written by Phil Anderson, July 2011

Sootoday.com – “Local artists expose themselves” by Rob Majury, June 29, 2012

The Sault Star – “Films ‘packed with intensity’” by Brian Kelly, October 23, 2012

Windsor Life Magazine – “Author finds therapy in a book centered in Windsor” by Dick Hildebrand, May/June 2014

Sootoday.com – “Local artists get SMAC-ed” by Donna Hopper, Jan. 18, 2015

Sootoday.com – “Local artist’s work appears in multi-million dollar Hollywood film” by Jeff Klassen, June 8, 2017

Sootoday.com – “‘Gritty, blue-collar feel’ to artwork of library competition winner Christopher Shoust” by SooToday staff, Jan. 27, 2020

MyTimminsNow –  “Looking Forward/Back deals with mental health treatment and restraints for patients,” by Bob McIntyre, March 9, 2020

The Timmins Daily Press –  “Shedding light on a dark corner in the treatment of mental health,” by Richa Bhosale, March 9, 2020

Group Exhibitions

The Work & Play” in Victoria, B.C. at Fan Tan Studios – Nov. to Dec., 2005

Paintings From Film” in Victoria, B.C. at the Greater Victoria Arts Council – Jan. to Feb., 2005

60/F.6” in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. at Whitespace – Aug 10 – 16, 2007

Prototypes” in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. at Whitespace -Nov 8 – 23, 2007

Fresh Ink” in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. at Whitespace in February, 2009

“Ecriture” in Ottawa, Ont. at La Petite Mort – August 2009

“10” in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. at the Algoma Art Gallery in May 2010

“The Medicine Factory” in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. at The Art Gallery of Algoma – Summer 2011

“Art In The Park Preview” in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. at The Circle Of Creative Arts – July 2011

“The Unseen Exchange” in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. at The Circle of Creative Arts – Oct 29 – Nov 30, 2011

The Hamilton Bienalle” in Hamilton, Ont. at the hundreddollar gallery – Dec 22 – Jan 11, 2016

Split Exhibitions

Nunquam Dormio” w/ Aaron Marshall in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. at the Bushplane Heritage Centre Artist Studios from March 24-31, 2012

Live Exhibitions

Pigs” in Victoria, B.C. at the 50/50 Arts Collective on Dec. 11, 2004

Sensation, Sentiment, Sensibility” in Victoria, B.C. at the Carnival of Arts on Jan. 22, 2005

“Live Show” in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. at Whitespace in September, 2009

Window Dressings / Set Design

– “1984” in Victoria, B.C. at Vortex

– “In the Flesh No. 9” in Victoria, B.C. at the Ministry of Casual Living in 2005

– a collaborative installation for “The Unseen Exchange” exhibition in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. at The Circle of Creative Arts

Professional Experience

managed Whitespace gallery in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.

had 6 paintings featured in the Thriller/Psychological horror feature film Split (2016)

– had 2 paintings featured in Season Two of the Television Series Castle Rock (2019)

– had one painting featured in Bloody Hell (2022)

– one painting to be used in the upcoming Liam Nesson movie Thug

– created 3 series of hockey cards with drawings done of hockey greats and history makers which have been sold all over North America called C.Shoust Hockey Cards

assisted in art education at Alexander Henry High School in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.

– currently part of the art rental program at The Art Gallery of Sudbury

– formed a group of artists that travel around Northern Ontario on retreats to get back to nature. Formed in 2008, with Shelly Fletcher, others attend at their convenience to be inspired by nature around them. The mediums that the work translates into range from drawing, painting, sculpture and printmaking. Inspired by the Group of Seven, this group does not discriminate to only drawing or painting

.- past member of The 360 Sault Media Arts Collective where I gave several lectures on film theory/history and video editing as well as fixed equipment for the collective and other administrative duties

– teaches art courses for the Canadian Mental Health Association in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. and started the Hope House School of Art

– developed signage as well as logos for various Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. businesses

– organized monthly trade shows for artists from Sault Ste. Marie and area

– started a clothing line in 2004, modifying, selected, used clothing for sale

– is continually taking commissions to silkscreen clothing and art posters

– has had published 850+ articles and just as many photos for various newspapers and magazines across Canada

– printed and designed a catalogue of close to 50 students from Algoma University fine arts classes, of all grade levels and experience, funded by the student’s union in 2008

– taught literacy voluntarily for an after-school program in the summer of 2009

– designed and manufactured 2 catalogues for Michael Burtch entitled “Dasein”

– artist for the Soo Thunderbirds 2013-14 season

had a painting published in Ecology and Action Magazine in Halifax, Nova Scotia

-started the Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario and area publication called Solemn Land, focusing on local art history and present happenings, published out of L&D’s Art Gallery and Framing 

-designed the cover and created the artwork for the Dynowaves 2020 album Big Sun


– “Smogfest” 2003 and 2004 for the Citizen’s Environmental Alliance in Windsor, Ont.

– “Living In A Cardboard Box” in 2005 for The Ministry Of Casual Living in Victoria, B.C.

– “Small Treasures” 2007, 2008 and 2011 to raise funds for the Fine Arts program at Algoma University

– submitted work for a 25th anniversary fundraiser for Common Ground Gallery in Windsor, Ont. in 2011

– “Bollywood at the Gallery” in 2011 to raise funds for the Art Gallery of Algoma, Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.