Living for adventure and running, I use my art as a way to share my story. I believe by connecting our stories we can heal the wounds from the past and grow together.
The past three years have been the most turbulent times of my life. As hard as it is to even think about those time, those darkest moments that nearly claimed me. With a failed marriage, the need to sell my house and the closure of my landscape architectural business, art became my salvation. I view my work as a catalyst to start a conversation, to connect our stories, and heal from the past.
Mainly self-taught, I have been creating art since I was very young, experimenting with acrylic, oil and watercolor paints, needlepoint, paper toll, fly tying, graphite pencil, airbrush, and pen and ink, etc. Later, I drifted away from painting and sketching, I started to dabble in leather craft, lampworking (making glass beads), woodworking, then helped to create gothic and steampunk fashion accessories, one which was featured in Tthe Toronto Star Living section. Between 2004 to 2017, I was a landscape architect, which was a demanding and creative outlet but caused me to lose inspiration for my art. But in 2011, once again my art kit started to tag along on camping and cottage trips. By the end of 2016 found me focusing more on painting and sketching, again honing my skills in watercolour, pen & ink and pencil. At the beginning of 2017, saw the creation of this website as a vehicle to share my works and story and becoming a full-time artist.
I feel that our society has forgotten to take time out, to think, to reflect, and to view our surroundings but more importantly to connect with each other. Our shallow, chronic rapid sharing of today’s events prevents in-depth conversations and personal reflection which is required to help heal mental wounds from the past, while we are bombarded with images of the falsified happiness. Spending time outdoors, both running and on camping adventures is this break for me! It is a level field where income level and status does not matter. Working on my art and on these adventures, allows me to reflect and to see a natural beauty that surrounds us all! I view my work as a catalyst to start a conversation, to connect our stories, and to heal from the past. The inspiration for my art comes from hiking, running and canoeing both on well-travelled routes and trails less known.
I am very grateful that I am able to share my story and experiences with you through my artwork. I hope you enjoy hearing about my adventures and I look forward to hearing about yours. Please sign up for Posts from the Field,<click here> to hear about my latest adventures and be the first to see the new works.