Photograph by Laara Cerman

Photograph by Laara Cerman

I grew up in Summerland, British Columbia, Canada, and obtained my Bachelor of Fine Art Degree from Okanagan University in Kelowna. After living in Vancouver for several years I finally settled with my husband and animal children in Port Coquitlam, on the southern west coast of British Columbia. I currently work from my private home studio, which we created as the ‘first order of business’ when we purchased our house in 2015.

My drawings and mixed media pieces are often inspired by the wild animals that I see outside of my studio window, and those transient wild animals that meander through my suburban neighborhood. Seeing a bear or coyote walking down the sidewalk is a highlight in my day as it shows that the displaced animal has a sense of how to navigate in our human-centric environments.

Over the years I’ve worked in a variety of arts related environments, including galleries, art centres, art supply stores, doing contract work teaching art and examining art students, and have even run a few little side businesses doing custom sublimation printing, window & mural painting and a range of temporary community art and installations at pop up events. In 2018 we added a 3D printer to our in-studio equipment and it has already had an impact on my art practice.

In early 2019, after the very sad passing of my canine-son / studio mate Bruno, I decided to take the next step towards pursuing my art career and gave up my long term steady day job so that I could focus more of my time on growing my art business - and as/if needed work positions and contract work that better suits my need for flexibility. I also accepted a temporary artist in residence position with the Roundhouse Community Centre to begin in the fall.

I am a proud mastermind member of Thrive Art Studio (since 2016), and enjoy the community, the support, the opportunities and the inspiration that comes from this all-female group of entrepreneurial women artists.

I sell my work online, at exhibitions and shows, and through my retail outlets. Thanks to these outlets my artwork is in private collections around the world.