Artist’s Statement

I was born in the Comox Valley, on Vancouver Island. I grew up surrounded by the forest and the ocean. Since childhood nature has inspired and filled me with wonder with the quiet stillness of the trees and the ever changing ocean landscape. Travel opportunities in the last few years, and the resulting experiences in different landscapes and cultures, have also greatly influenced me.

From a very early age I have been compelled to create. If I had trouble drawing something in particular I would draw it over and over again until I felt I got it right. This is a useful exercise I still engage in.

I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts and Anthropology, a diploma in Digital Media Studies and completed a Desktop & Web Publishing program. I am currently working as a freelance web developer in Parksville and a recent graduate of a 200hr yoga teacher training program. I am an Artist in Residence and a volunteer at The Old School House Arts Center in Qualicum Beach.

I live right next to the ocean in Parksville with my husband and three kitties. When I am not working you can usually find me practicing yoga, reading or spending time out of doors.

My true passion though, is art. Painting and photography are creative outlets where I find I can express myself. My work is characterized by bright colour, shapes and the interplay of light in my compositions. My love of detail can be seen in my graphite drawings.

I paint in acrylic on canvas and I am currently exploring mixed media on canvas and board. Figure drawing and painting are a personal passion that I have been exploring in depth the last few years. I enjoy creating more anatomical inspired drawings by breaking down the composition of the body to its basic parts and form.

More recently I have been exploring tonal shading and detail which can be seen in my graphite drawings. At present I am working on a series focusing on birds.

My photographs are mostly macro floral images with an emphasis on abstraction to create landscapes of light, texture and colour.