I was born and raised in rural New Brunswick, and made Ottawa my adoptive home in 1994 when I moved here to study first political science, and then public administration at Carleton University.
I’ve always loved making art, but it wasn’t until I was in my twenties that I truly began to explore various media, first dabbling in oils and pastel drawings, and then creating small mixed media postcards with hand-carved rubber stamps, ink and postage stamps. I eventually transitioned to acrylics, and this remains my primary medium today.
As my interest in artistic endeavours grew, I pursued formal fine art and graphic design study part time at the Ottawa School of Art and Algonquin College before setting aside my career in public policy to follow my love of art full time in 2016. No matter how passionate I was about the policy issues I was working on, I always turned to art to satisfy a need for tangible, colourful results.
Initially, my art was very realistic, and primarily reflected my love of travel. The beautiful landscapes of Peru, Chile, Bolivia, Argentina, Egypt, Morocco, Greece, Spain, Portugal, Turkey and Costa Rica were my main source of inspiration. More recently, my paintings evolved to reflect complex inner landscapes and became increasingly abstract.
My technique involves layering multiple very thin coats of watery acrylic paint to give a sense of depth while letting a certain luminosity emerge. The translucent effect this creates has become my signature style.
I am a member of the Manotick Art Association, the Nepean Fine Arts League, the AOE Arts Council and Arts Carleton Place.