A little about myself...
I was born a creative personality. Music, art, writing, I loved all of it but it was the artistic mark, that of drawing and trying to capture visually the essence of existence that grabbed hold and would not let me go. Even though a well-meaning but ill equipped vocational counselor in junior high told me to NOT go into the fine arts - "Bad career choice." he said, ultimately I ended up back on track IN fine arts and the arts, period.
I started in the graphic arts/academic program in high school and then onto college for training in illustration and design. Two years later I graduated from Red River College and went to work in an in-house ad agency, then moved on to become the Art Director for Global TV Saskatoon, free-lanced for advertising agencies, as well as doing fine art commissioned portraits and paintings. I was a very busy girl. And then, it hit.
It's funny but as a species we tend to think that bad things only happen to other people and that statistics really aren't about us. I have since learned otherwise. In the 1990's, I became chronically ill and was forced to leave my corporate position and struggled to paint in studio. I regrouped and then entered into university to complete a BA and Social Work Degree but this was not to be as my health deteriorated further. Then in 2006 my mother developed Alzheimer's disease and I left my life to take care of hers. These experiences profoundly changed both myself and my art.
I had started out as a Realist painter and that is imperative in order to get a good drawing/painting foundation under one's belt. But as a result of my life experiences and artistic growth I now work in a way described as Abstract Expressionism. The pieces I produce are emotionally evocative and visually dynamic with a mystical quality that is very heavily influenced by nature and my experience of it. I find I hover between the two worlds (of Realism and Abstract Expressionism) sometimes in that some of my abstracts still have items of recognition in them (a boat, animal, leaf, etc.) but I use "the force" of abstraction to unbind me from literal interpretations so that both I, and the viewer, can be freed and enabled to interpret and experience the piece in a way that is relevant to them. I love that.
I believe art can move people to do or be something positive and to kindle
their own innate healing abilities that mainstream ideas and medicine may
not be able to do illicit. Art can also express the linguistically inexpressible
- the absolute stunning beauty, or powerful truth of a moment. That is what I want to capture and express in my work. I want it to connect with the viewer in an immediate and compelling way that strikes them directly and to discover that it's a part of them they were missing and never knew existed. To then have them welcome that piece, their painting, into their home and life which makes them feel more complete, more whole, healthy and happy well for me, that's as good as it gets really. I couldn't ask for anything more.