I feel that our society has forgotten to take time out to view our surroundings, to think, and to reflect. More importantly, we are forgetting to take time out to connect with each other. Our shallow, chronic rapid sharing of today’s events prevents in-depth conversations and personal reflection. Spending time outdoors, both running and on adventures is this break for me! Working on my art during these adventures, allows me to reflect and to see the wonderful natural beauty that surrounds us all! I view my work as a catalyst to start a conversation and to connect our stories. The inspiration for my art comes from hiking, running and canoeing both on well-travelled routes and less known trails.
Mainly self-taught, I have been creating art since I was very young. I have experimented with a lot of mediums: acrylic, oil and watercolor paints, needlepoint, paper toll, fly tying, graphite pencil, charcoal, airbrush, pen and ink, leather craft, lampworking (making glass beads), 3D computer renderings, woodworking and blacksmithing. I have even helped to create gothic and steampunk fashion accessories, which one was even featured in The Toronto Star Living section.
Between 2004 to 2017, I was a landscape architect, which was both a demanding career and creative outlet. I was focusing on hardscape and planting designs, plans and 3D fly-thoughts but, unfortunately caused me to lose my inspiration for art and fueled a dichotomy force natural beauty into a beautiful landscapes. In 2011, my art kit once again started to tag along on camping and cottage trips. By the end of 2016, I started to focus more on painting and sketching, honing my skills mostly in watercolour, and pen & ink, with blacksmithing being added in 2018.
In 2017, I decided that I will started my slow story in becoming a full-time artist. One that I am still in the process of.