I am a painter splitting my time between Oakville, Ontario and our little escape on beautiful Salt Spring Island, British Columbia where I work out of my seaside studio surrounded by fresh sea air, sailboats and the sounds of nature (and our neighbour's chickens).
I draw inspiration from nature, my surroundings and my memories. My work combines a tension of gestural mark making and consciously executed elements with layer upon layer of colour - thin washes, thick strokes, scraping, glazing. My hope is to create an abstracted reality that each viewer can bring their own experience or memory to.
Born in Northern Ontario, I am a graduate of Sheridan’s fine art and graphic design programs.
After 18 years as an art director and graphic designer in editorial design, packaging and advertising, I left my career behind and spent eight years as an expat in Ireland and Dubai pursuing my love of creating. My travels became a huge inspiration in my work. Upon returning to Canada, I studied intuitive abstract expressionism and after a career of precision and staying within the lines, I discovered the energy that comes from painting intuitively rather than focusing solely on what I see. I am also an alumni of the Art2Life Creative Visionary Program with California artist Nicolas Wilton whose emphasis on taking risks has had a huge effect on shifting my work. My art can be found in private collections internationally.
2019 Sooke Fine Arts Show juried exhibition, SEAPARC, Sooke, BC
2019 SSI Painters Guild Summer Show, Artspring, Salt Spring Island, BC
2018 Art Interiors gallery exhibition, Toronto, Ontario
2018 Art2Life International Juried Online Exhibition
2017 AWP 24th juried exhibition, McMaster Innovation Park, Hamilton, Ontario
2017 My Canada juried exhibition, Queen Elizabeth Park Cultural Centre, Oakville, Ontario
2017 DVSA 47th annual art auction, Dundas, Ontario
2017 AWP 23rd juried exhibition, McMaster Innovation Park, Hamilton, Ontario
2016 OAS annual juried exhibition, Oakville Galleries, Oakville, Ontario
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