Statement

 

I acknowledge and am grateful that I'm able to live and work on the unceded and occupied First Nations Territories, specifically the lands of the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations, as well as the W̱SÁNEĆ, Sc'ianew and T'Souke First Nations.

 

As an artist, discovering visual inspiration within the natural world is central to my practice. I work with oil, gouache, and ink. I also experiment with cut paper, textiles, found objects and photography. In my long-standing practice, subjects have ranged over landscapes, explored the narrative and combined abstraction with the everyday object.

 

I use paper, paint, ink, wood and found materials to create elements that I then shape into something that reflects but does not imitate nature. Some pieces are source imagery that develops as paintings, some are three dimensional constructions, while others take the form of articulated paper pieces that are ready to get up and walk away, if given half a chance.

 

The sturdiness of my preferred materials such as gouache, rag paper and the compositional potential of collage allow for the push and pull of ideas that lead to the next discovery. I’m looking to create visual structures that echo something that occurs naturally, something that reflects the perfection of nature.