Artist Statement

I am an artist, eclectic collector/treasure hunter, and gardener. My work combines acrylic collage techniques with methods inspired by textile appliqué, art quilting and encaustics. Texture, luminosity, and the exploration of recycled materials are prevalent themes in my paintings. I use collage and assemblage to formulate collections of “treasures” into mixed media paintings, 3-dimensional pieces, and sometimes wearable or functional items. Left over remnants of my textile work and sculpture often find their way into collages, and vice versa. Although many of my pieces look quite different from one another, they are all made in a similar fashion- by applying the paint and other materials in many layers.

Some of the pieces featured in my recent collections use paint saturated, recycled denim and fabric that is applied to canvas. The result is a moody piece with a “modern rustic” or “shabby chic” feel.

My pieces use many up-cycled, vintage, and re-purposed materials. I think the strong desire to focus on this comes in part from being raised in a very resourceful family. We always tried to make and fix things ourselves, if at all possible, including crafting, gardening, and cooking from scratch.

I am acutely aware of environmental issues and ecology, and am passionate about and intrigued by the natural world. Living in the Haliburton Highlands, and being surrounded by nature fuels me. I aim to communicate through creative expression the importance of the subtleties and intricacies of nature; its details, elements and creatures, or the emotion in a far away silhouette. I demonstrate this in an abstracted, romanticized, or dream-like manner. These concepts and techniques are my attempt at showing the connections and contrasts between living organisms and man-made things, abstract and realism, and how they are joined together. I am interested in the juxtaposition of nature, often birds, in surreal spaces. Some people, when viewing my works, see the textured areas surrounding the subject as nests, landscapes, cityscapes or something else. It makes me smile when viewers introduce me to things I didn’t see in my own pieces.