Artist Statement

I was born and raised in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. My enjoyment of creating began as young child. It has played an important role in my life. I felt safe and comfortable in my island home.

After having a family and moving to Ontario I struggled to find a sense of belonging.  That reality made a very strong impact on my work as an artist. I expressed my emotions in my work. Until recently my artwork was representative of the landscape in my home province. The subjects of my work are found in my everyday life, whether conversations, daily events, memories, or experiences.

My process is intuitive. Working quickly in the beginning, I use the fluidity of water or solvent mixed with the mediums in order to interpret a mood. Once I feel there is something of substance I work carefully but loosely to build up layers. I intend for my work to evoke an emotional response in the viewer.

In my most recent work I am exploring abstract painting. I am intrigued with the way William Turner portrayed landscapes and I am as equally intrigued by the work of Josef Albers and Mark Rothko.  Using cold wax and oil as well as acrylic, I am enjoying the freedom in making work that speaks to the viewer without direct representation.  I believe my love of the ocean and my home with it vibrant colours inform my current work.