Painting is a wonderful, often intense, way to spend your time. When things are going well, it's a glorious experience. When things are not going well, you question your existence and rail against your decision to take up such an unsuitable occupation!
Despite the 'risks' I show up in the studio most days because I am curious. I never know what I'll discover or what the outcome of the day's work will be. As time goes on I get braver. I like to experiment with materials and surfaces. I like acrylic paint, ink, oil paint/cold wax, collage, stencils, encaustic (oil/hotwax). I paint on paper, canvas (stretched and unstretched), wood panel.
Recently I completed a series of paintings on plywood. Plywood is interesting because it collaborates. I use layers of acrylic washes and the markings, the texture, the colour of plywood doesn't sit idly by but is part of the work.
Now I am using a completely different surface, Yupo. It is a paper like surface, the whitest of white, non-absorbent and very tough. It's also unpredictable, to me, at this time, anyway. A lot of experimentation. I have found that I can use sandpaper and sand the crap out of the painted surface and get some pretty interesting results. A lot more work to do there.
Most of my work is abstract or partially abstract in nature. I like the wide open aspect of the abstract but then it's also fun to rein things in a bit and combine the abstraction with representation of a thing or a space. I take a lot of photographs. I love taking photographs. I don't usually go to them for a direct source for a painting but they do influence my thinking about subject matter or themes.
I love the experience of painting and the process. I like that there is no certainty in it. I only know when I get there that I have arrived. I enjoy that mystery and opportunity to discover. I like the poetry of that.
Please contact me at email@example.com if you have any queries or comments.
1991 BFA (Hons), First Class, University of Victoria
1987 Associate of Arts in the Visual Arts Diploma, Camosun College, Victoria
1984 Architectural and Structural Drafting Diploma, Camosun College, Victoria
Ongoing: Workshops in weaving, encaustic, basket making. Painting courses at Vancouver Island School of Art.
Exhibitions (solo and group)
2018 Arts and Industry Open House, Rock Bay Square, Victoria
2018 Sooke Fine Art Show, Sooke, juried show
2018 Artists of Rock Bay Square, group show, Coffee Lab, Bridge Street
2018 Ply Wood, Solo show, Coffee Lab, Bridge Street
2018 Fundraiser for Vancouver Island School of Art (VISA)
2018 Strong Women, Strong World, International Women's Day, Victoria Arts Council, juried show
2017 Fundraiser for Hermann's Jazz Club, Martin Batchelor Gallery, Victoria
2017 Open House, Vancouver Island School of Art
2017 Arts and Industry Open House, Rock Bay Square
2017 16 Artists from Rock Bay Square, Integrate, Coffee Lab, Bridge Street
2017 Arts Victoria Now, Victoria Arts Council, juried show
2016 Arts and Industry Open House, Rock Bay Square
2016 Arts Victoria Now, Victoria Arts Council, juried show, Awarded First in 2D
2015 Open House, Vancouver Island School of Art
2015 Arts and Industry Open House, Rock Bay Square, Bridge St, Victoria
2015 Recent Work, Coffee Lab, Rock Bay Square, Solo show
2015 Nature as Series, Slide Room Gallery, Victoria