Artist Statement

I was born and raised in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. My enjoyment of creating began as young child. My mother was elemental in my love for art and craft. Watching her making and wearing her projects gave me a sense of pride.

After having a family of my own I moved to Ottawa, Ontario where I struggled with my sense of belonging which had a very strong impact on my work. Painting became an outlet. The lack of familiarity made it difficult for me to open myself up to new relationships. I painted the rugged landscapes and seascapes of my home. They were my muse.

In my most recent work I still explore subject matter that is important to me. The work is abstract in nature but has my conscience and my sub-conscience totally involved.

My process is intuitive. Working quickly in the beginning, I use the fluidity of water or solvent mixed with the medium in order to interpret a mood. Once I feel there is something of substance I work carefully but loosely to build up layers. I intend for my work to evoke an emotional response, hopefully one similar to that which I was feeling when I painted it.

As for my influences, I am intrigued with the way William Turner portrayed the land and the sea. I am as equally intrigued by the work of Josef Albers and his theory of colour.  Using numerous media I am enjoying the freedom in making work that touches the soul.