Acrylic on Canvas
36 x 28
Seeking inspiration in the world around me, in the people and nature, I am emboldened by the beauty and enchantment of the varying landscapes and cultures in our world. At times I feel compelled to draw attention to an injustice against nature or humanity, bringing it to light and telling the story through my work. I view art as a powerful tool, to bring attention to a subject by applying my energy to it through the application of various mediums. The inclusion of subtle humorous elements in some of my work, (often hidden and only observed with intense study), emerges from that sunshiny, playful part of my spirit. Bringing a canvas to life by adding colour and texture is a magical creative process for me.
My recent work examines nature with studies including abstract and realism. An explorer by nature, I love to wander in the woods or paddle around the lakes near my home in Ontario. During my excursions I often come upon a treasure trove of stimulating new color combinations, compositions and textures. When people view my work, I'd like them to remember that life is magical and we are all spiritual beings connected to each other and nature. Most often my work as an artist is a form of catharsis and experimentation, moving me further along on my spiritual journey. Upon completion of a work of art, I am filled with a sense of connection and fulfillment.
Born in Kingston and raised in Ontario and Scotland, my passion for art has been with me since childhood, when I spent many hours painting and sculpting. As a graduate of Fine Arts/Photography and the Teachers of Adults Program at St. Lawrence College in Kingston, Ontario, I have had a diverse career in visual arts including painting, ceramics, sculpture, mould making, floral design, photography as well as teaching adults/children's art classes.
To date, I have been fortunate to explore the landscapes and cultures of Canada, Scotland, England, France, USA, Costa Rica, & Cuba and hope to continue with my travels in the future.