I began painting at the age of 3 and it has been a lifelong passion. I graduated from a visual arts high school and was accepted into the then Ontario College of Art, where I studied under Graham Coughtry, Gray Mills and other notable Canadian artists. When I returned to my home town , I wanted to get a better grounding in the history and theory behind my chosen profession , so I enrolled at Carleton University and began my studies in art & architecture history. While working on a paper for a contemporary art class I decided to try to interview Ken Lochhead who was teaching painting at the University of Ottawa. During our meeting Ken Lochhead convinced me to go back into the studio and to transfer to Ottawa University and take his class. I obtained my BFA from U of O and had the great privilege of studying under Ken, Leslie Reid, Edmund Allyen and Jocelyn Alloucherier to name a few. These incredible artists taught me to take risks, to not be afraid to communicate my unique vision and perspective of the world, in my own way and to never stop exploring.
I have always been interested in the interconnection of matter and energy, movement of a form in space and how the inherent energy within a form, like a tree, vine or figure are revealed in the shape, growth, reaction and integration with other forms in a space. How movement in space causes space to alter.
I strive to show the elegance of energy within forms and the exquisite way they interact that creates a dynamism in the stillness that surrounds them. The dance of energy to matter and matter to energy, be it physical, emotional or spiritual is a communication and essence in my work.
The Bay's Magic (Homage to Monet)