My Story So Far
In 2010, I moved to a small seaside village called Ucluelet (you-clue-let) on the western edge of Vancouver Island in British Columbia. I arrived as a scientist, more specifically an earth scientist who worked all over the province in water resources for several years. I loved many aspects of my occupation but my creative half lay mainly dormant for holidays and occasional weekends.
The landscape here is bountiful in it's complexity and colour. I felt compelled to start depicting the flora and fauna that surrounds me just outside my doorstep. From a flash of a fish or the flick of a whale tail, I try to capture these split second moments. Other times exploring the beaches and rainforest, I seek out more slow intimate scenes discovering washed ashore treasures, intertidal creatures, and layers of the forest.
My transition from what I see as a linear reductive brain to opening up myself to the creative circular divergent self has allowed me to let go of the scientist's questions and answers. I now embrace the beautiful mystery of nature and in result I have opened up the 'artist's eye' capturing the colours, textures, and subject matter in my own personal way.
I rediscovered printmaking during a workshop at the Campbell River Museum in 1998. There are many forms of printmaking and I particularly use the relief technique and reduction cut process. I have spent hundreds of hours since then practicing and developing my style shown in my work. I tend to approach my work like an impressionist, focusing on texture, colour, and representing the subject matter from an emotional fluid like place rather than working towards realism. I believe it brings the emotional experience to the forefront; adding the layers of smell, sounds, and feelings of the experience. This is the connection I have always had with nature and I now can express it visually and share it with the world.