Artist Statement 2021

In my practise of nearly 30 years, I have been constantly searching for ways to express my thoughts, ideas and feelings sincerely and honestly. I am weary of becoming known for my ‘style’ or recurring themes as this would not reflect who I am as a person. I am constantly growing and evolving and my art reflects this as well.

Over the years I have worked with many tools, materials and methods and I have always tried to match the medium with the subject matter as a way to reinforce and strengthen the work.

My training is in drawing and painting but my work experience as a theatre designer, costumer and props maker have broadened my skill sets and my ability to work with a variety of materials.

I have worked with sculptural work as well as installation (Body Count), 3D dioramas (Made in Canada) and multi-layered 2D images using panels and plexiglass (Recent Landscapes).

I have worked with the human figure, objects, landscapes and a fusion of all three as my subjects.

I enjoy creating visual layers for people to have to work a bit in order to see all that there is to see and to challenge their thinking in how these layers work together to create a cohesive idea or image.

I like to push the saturation of my colours as a way to heighten the impact of the images and to create a level of excitement and stir the emotions of the viewer.

There is often a subtle message in my work that invites the viewer to invest some time to look beneath the surface and to involve them in a participatory way.

The work that I am currently engaged with is very personal and introspective due in part to the experience of the past year and a half of living in a global pandemic and fighting daily to drag myself out of the sluggish, stagnant muck of inertia.

I will be uploading this new work sometime in 2022. Until then I will be adding to the Archive on this website to show some older bodies of work.

“A new painting is a unique event, a birth, which enriches the universe as it is grasped by the human mind, by bringing a new form into it.” (Henri Matisse)


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