I grew up in Vancouver, in that mix of urban and natural environment. At Emily Carr, I studied sculpture, working in steel, stone and clay. When I started my art practice in Toronto, I was interested in depicting the urban scene, a straight-forward representational expression of my new, ultra-urban setting.
Gradually, my work evolved, becoming more sculptural, and incorporating the process as part of the overall meaning of the work.
I work in layers, creating images with acrylic on canvas, and then using these images as the source material for new compositions on birch panel. I know which fragments come from which original paintings- sometimes! I can see how parts of one painting show up in several compositions, and the original painting still exists in my memory. But sometimes, the fragments are mysterious to me, and I can't remember where they started, or what whole they belong to...
In this way, I believe my process echoes the way that we experience life- gathering sensory impressions, telling and re-telling stories, combining, overlapping and conflating experience to make a narrative of our lives.
Toronto Outdoor Art Fair
Toronto Artist Project
Eastern Front Gallery
Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design