I grew up in Summerland, British Columbia, Canada, and in 2001 received my Bachelor of Fine Art Degree from Okanagan University in Kelowna. After living and working in Vancouver for several years my husband and I purchased our home in Port Coquitlam.
In May 2019 I began working as a full time as an artist, based in my private home studio. I made the decision to leave my day job after the incredibly impactful passing away of my canine-son / soul mate Bruno in October of 2018. This deep loss made me reevaluate my life. Bruno always wanted to be in the studio with me and so I personally dedicate my move to full time artist, my lifetime goal, to him. Through him I learnt a lot about myself, my compassion for animals, and my ability to connect intensely and soulfully with another species.
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 travel 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. You can check out my Art Blog for more info.
I sell my work online, at exhibitions, and through my retail outlets. I am currently focused on expanding my sales outlets and am also starting to work on my next big series, one that will focus on more challenging aspects of human / animal relationships (something I haven’t had the wherewithal to really explore in my work for a while), drawing similarities between humans and animals in my effort to use my art as a vehicle to inspire change and compassion in others.