I began oil painting at thirteen and have a background in Graphic Design, photography, portraiture, watercolour and printmaking. My paintings are influenced by visual memory, photography and travel experiences in northern Canada, North America and Britain. Several solo exhibitions have been generously supported by the Ontario Arts Council exhibition grants.
At the present time, acrylic painting on stretched canvas, watercolour and mixed media are the main choices for my artwork. I intuitively respond with emotive brush or palette knife and integrate other mediums or techniques that are essential to the original evolving concept.
Water is a recurring element inspired by the reflected images and and translucent
qualities of energy and light.
My painting approach follows the expressionistic art of East Asian brush painting which captures the unseen where each brushstroke is charged with meaning.
I want to express the spirit and emotional content of my surroundings as this is my connection to nature and the environment.
My watercolour and acrylic paintings reflect my connection with nature and our coexisting relationship and interconnections with the environment.
Water's reflective depth and translucency has inspired my need to explore the mysteries of fluctuating patterns and light. Light through water distorts images and other external elements like wind add another layer of complexity and can shift our perceptions of reality.
The intangible energy and spontaneous imagery stimulates my imagination and plays a vital role in my creative process. I intuitively recreate the fragmented imagery and linear trace elements through brush or palette knife on canvas or wood panel. My personal photography is often a reference and starting point for a new painting.
I find a greater freedom of interpretation in my work as a result of my observations of the infinite complexity and fluidity of water.
Water is my vehicle of expression, feelings and seeing beyond myself.
"Blue Continuum" Acrylic on Canvas_ 22x30x1.5