A little about myself...
I was born a creative personality and excelled in music, visual art and writing but it was the visual beauty of the natural world that captured me and drawing and painting were my medium of choice to express it. Even though a middle school career counselor tried to dissuade me, "Bad career choice." he said, it was either law or art. I wanted to make oodles of money, so I chose art.
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.
It's funny but we tend to think that bad things only happen to other people and that statistics really aren't about us. I was about to get schooled on that. 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 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. One can usually see many forms and symbols of it in my art. 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 artwork in a way that is relevant to them.