I am a Canadian painter deeply connected to nature and the land be it remote wilderness or dense urban. I explore the colours, tensions, and energy of the Canadian landscape. Self-taught, I continue to benefit from workshops, guidance and influence of talented North American artists. My approach to painting is multifaceted in subject, medium and style. I paint primarily in acrylic and watercolour as well as oil and mixed medium.
As a teenager I was always drawing and creating, trading horse portraits for an opportunity for a horse ride, selling my hand-painted cartoon t-shirts on Toronto’s Yonge Street, and doodling through life. I have always been eclectic in my interests and while life as an artist beckoned early I took different roads, with many life adventures and these now influence my art. I completed a busy career and found art again, my primary focus since 2016.
I have worked as a wilderness guide. Lived and worked in the Northwest Territory and Yukon and explored all Canadian coasts. In contrast I have lived in dense urban centres and worked in large traditional and government systems. All of this has provided me with a heightened awareness of natural abstraction, colour, pattern, and the fragility of the environment as well as people and place contrasts. I draw on the memories, emotions and heart of past and current places and experiences as invitation to the viewer to join the story, feel and explore.
I currently live and work on the Sunshine Coast and in Vancouver British Columbia.