Combining colour, texture, shape, repetitive pattern and layering I explore the reactions of paint to unconventional painting tools such as roller, sponge, scrapers, spray bottle and fingers. My work relies on inspiration from the natural world and intuitive colour choices as I follow my own inner voice and conversation with the painting I'm working on. Movement and depth are fundamental to my process and I use large unrestrained gestural motion (often with loud music in the background) to develop structure followed by more detailed layering work. I have most often worked with acrylic paint on wood panel that I've textured, marked and scraped ahead of time but more recently have started to experiment with oil and cold wax on the same kinds of surfaces. I work in my home studio surrounded by West Coast Wildness in beautiful Black Creek, B.C.
I attended Emily Carr School of Art and Design in the 1990's in Vancouver taking many selected, credit courses in drawing, painting and sculpture as well as a series of Life Drawing classes at Langara College through the Fine Arts Continuing Education program. Moving to Vancouver Island 18 years ago and starting a family put my creativity on hold until 2006 when I began painting again with new inspiration and passion, joining the West Coast Artist Collective and participating in many shows throughout the Comox Valley and surrounding areas.