Art and creating for me has always been and will be for future days to come a search for the beautiful and the sublime in nature. Annual visits to Sudbury and other sketching trips to northern Ontario in the spring and fall is where I find inspiration for potential paintings. I paint with oils on wood for indoor and outdoor sketching as well as for large paintings in the studio. My brush strokes are thick and thoughtfully expressed.
My work consists of landscapes painted in an impressionistic style. I enjoy plein’air painting and I always take a photo of the chosen scene to use as a reference in my studio in case I don’t finish the sketch on location. Other times I paint a small painting in my studio from a photo to then work into a larger painting if I chose to. My paintings can be described as dazzling; short brush strokes used sparingly.
In my life I’ve been struggling with mental illness and just recently I had a change in medication that positively affected the way I live and make art; it allowed me to let go. What my work reflects is a glimpse of escapism from present day adversities and provides a type of healing which I hope people will feel through my work.
Inspiration: My work is inspired by The Group of Seven, Wassily Kandinsky, Mysticism, and Theosophy.
2013 – 2014 Ontario College of Art and Design, Drawing and Painting (part time student)
2011 – 2012 Toronto School of Art, single studio painting courses (part time student)
2009 – 2010 Humber, Visual and Digital Arts Program (part time student)
August 12th – September 8th, 2019 – Emergence Gallery Exhibition, Neilson Park Creative Centre, Etobicoke, Ontario
November 2nd, 2019 – February 17, 2020 – Tamed Madness, Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Creative Centre, Oakville, Ontario
May 29th – June 22nd, 2019 – Murray J. Clerckson Award, Blue Mountain Foundation of Arts, Collingwood, Ontario
2019, April —- 39th Juried Art Show, Blue Mountain Foundation of Arts, Collingwood, Ontario
2018, October —-Great Art Contest, Art Emporium By The River, Port Hope, Ontario
2018, July —-Impact 2018, 26th Annual Juried Exhibition, Neilson Park Creative Centre, Etobicoke, Ontario
2017, April —-37th Annual Juried Art Show, Blue Mountain Foundation of the Arts, Collingwood, Ontario
2017, April —-Les Belle Fleurs, Celebrating Flowers in Canada, BMFA Arts Centre, Collingwood, Ontario
2016, October —-Group Show With Don Morrison and Katie Land, Sovereign House, Oakville, Ontario
2014, November —-Group Show With Don Morrison, Sovereign House, Oakville, Ontario
2019 – Honorable Mention, 39th Juried Art Show, Blue Mountain Foundation of Arts, Collingwood, Ontario