Artist Statement: Having spent many years outside of Canada in places including Grand Cayman Island, Germany, and Japan, my work is a fusion of my experiences with the people, the art, and the customs of these locations as well as my adventures across Canada.
I have a strong interest in human connections, how we relate with each other, and our relationship with the natural world. The environment and consumer culture have become of great importance to me over the last decade and it is a goal to create works that will help to start conversations and bring awareness to these subjects. Concepts of acceptance, inclusion, and compassion are important to me and figure prominently in my work.
In 2009, I created the art blog Daily Art Fixx. It was here that I began studying art history and contemporary art, for inspiration and education. These studies influenced and continue to influence my own work. Specific movements and artists I connect with (but not limited to) include primitivism, cubism (Picasso, Chagall), Indigenous art (Morrisseau, Odjig, Janvier), expressionism (Kirchner, Schiele), abstract expressionism (de Kooning, Pollock), neo expressionism (Basquiat) and automatistism (Riopelle).
Since 2010, I have resided in Ontario, namely, Toronto, Cambridge and currently Hamilton. A selection of my work can be found at Nest Hamilton, nowords, and Cedar Lake (online only) in Cambridge Ontario. Check back on my website soon for my online shop.
I am part of an all women artist group called The Artemisia Collective in Hamilton. HWAC was formed in 2018 as an opportunity for local female visual artists to connect, support and inspire its members in their individual practices through meetings, skill sharing sessions, collaborative projects, and group exhibitions.
HWAC aspires to help bridge the gender bias in the visual arts by increasing awareness and appreciation of the diverse array of women artists practicing in the vibrant Hamilton art scene.
From 2012 – 2017, I was the Co-Chair of the Cambridge Arts Festival – an annual celebration of music, performance, visual arts, and community in the City of Cambridge. In 2017, I founded CAF Collective, a group of Cambridge-based artists that collaborated to create a live large-scale art installation and printmaking workshop on July 22, 2017 as part of Cambridge Arts Festival. An exhibition of our individual works were also on display in July at a pop-up gallery at 63 Dickson Street in Cambridge.