I have made my home in Nova Scotia for the last twenty-seven years after growing up in Edmonton and living in Vancouver and Toronto. I have exhibited widely in Alberta, Ontario and Nova Scotia and my paintings and collages are held in private collections in these provinces, as well as in Victoria, BC and California, USA.
When I was seven years old my teacher remarked, “You are going to be an artist when you grow up”. This idea was totally outside my world as a child, but the idea stuck with me. However, my intention was to become a scientist, or a teacher, or live in a forest in a fire watchtower or to be a “bohemian” writer. My creative expression through childhood and teenage years was through batik, quilting, embroidery and needlework - all of which, at the time, I considered crafts and not art. I would later revise this distinction and embrace traditional women's "crafts" as part of feminist art practise.
Through indirect interventions by many people and my adventures in travelling in Mexico and Europe, I ended up studying first Interior Design, then Art History and photography, and finally painting. My painting teachers were all Modernists (abstract and colour field painters) and it wasn’t until my final year of study that I began to introduce imagery to my paintings. These works were small paintings of a fictitious, dreamlike domestic interior with the pictorial space filled with floating tulips. The tulip motif re-emerged in my paintings in 2010 - almost thirty years later!
Once I graduated and began working in my own studio my work changed significantly, and I found the direction that has continued ever since. Initially, I made large figurative paintings with the figure all but erased by text of my own writing. At that time, I also made Feminist photomontage and photo-installation works. The paintings, photomontage and photo-installation works were primarily concerned with invisibility and identity. These were some of my first artworks to be exhibited and while fun and a bit naughty sometimes, the photo based materials didn’t have the sensuality of paint and canvas to which I had become very attached. I returned to painting and continued to explore ideas of identity, pulling images from popular media and re-contextualizing them.
I then had about a thirteen year hiatus from the studio and exhibiting before returning to painting in 2006. A few years later I began to also use other media such as collage, assemblage and, again, photography.
So, overtime it has become apparent that although I identify as a painter, my art practise as a whole is inter-disciplinary across visual art genres and fine craft.
My studio-based practise continues.
~ August 2020
Faraday Cage, 2015
Acrylic on canvas
76 x 61 cm / 30 x 24 inches
Available to purchase