Artist member since 2020
Art has and always has been at the center of who I am. As a child, I would create art as a way of putting things into words even before I was ready to understand them. Today, as an academically trained painter, my subjects remain wide and my paintings multilayered. Today in the studio I explore imagined colourful landscapes, expressionistic portraiture, collaborative abstracts with my son, and 1970's nostalgia inspired scenes and imagery.
In the four years at OCAD I explored various themes from Carl Jung's Psychoanalysis to Epigenetic Memory, it was always a search for healing. After graduation from OCAD University, I had a new sense of purpose and wanted to paint joy again. This led me to explore landscapes that are imagined and thick with dances of colour and movement. The way I work is completely proportionate to the energetic imprint I leave in my daily life. I am an energetic clumsy firecracker and this energy gets trapped in my work. The first layers are extreme impulses with vibrant colours and loose shapes and loud hues. I will come to the same painting numerous times over the span of weeks, adding a new layer that slowly brings the figure into focus.
As a new mother, my son teaches me about being a sensory organ.much of my current work is an expression of the joys of motherhood. I’ve even started collaborating with my son on colourful abstract work. This is a way to get him involved in the studio and prove that an art career doesn't have to be put on hold when you have a child!
I want to explore joy, and for me, this means visiting the decades of the 1960's and '70s. I embrace the fortunate accidents of paint, letting each layer soak in as I wait for my next impulse.
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