Artist & Musician
I returned to visual art fifteen years ago, after many years as an adult educator by day and performing songwriter at night. At that time, I moved from an urban lifestyle to living to a quieter, slower existence in a small town. Taking walks in meadows, along streams and through forests brought me back to the part of myself that wanted to create visually. Not surprisingly, my visual work is inspired by music, nature and, more recently the imprint of humans on nature. Whether abstract or representational, for me, creating a piece of art requires observation, experience, intuition, and instinct.
In a past painting series, I explored abstract elements found in nature that resulted in dynamic, colourful, organically abstract compositions. My 2015 limited edition of prints of digital paintings, entitled Almonte's Mississippi: Points of View, present rendered interpretations of iconic Almonte riverscapes before the banks and flow of the river were 'disrupted' by a new power plant. My recent body of work entitled Paint, Paper and Flotsam is a playful, yet sobering collection of small paintings on panel, found plastic constructions, and a folded paper wall installation, all inspired by found plastic.
Working in a series gives me the limitations I need to be productive. I’m very mutable so if I don’t have some kind of limitations, I get overwhelmed with possibilities. In completing one series and starting another, I give myself permission to grow and change. Trusting the process is something I have to re-learn all the time. It’s the only way I can truly explore something while pushing the limits of my own visual vocabulary.