I am a painter living in Toronto with my husband and two young daughters. I spend most of my time in my dream backyard studio! I have also recently launched an art consultancy and artist collective, Opus Art Projects and Opus Art Collective. OAP is an art consultancy specializing in bespoke International hospitality, commercial & residential design projects. O/CO creates special and unique art editions for today's contemporary art collector.
My work is an investigation into image, perception and memory, touching on the ambiguity of texts - photographic, painterly or mnemonic, creating an encounter open to the viewer's own interpretation. I use glazing techniques, creating layers which capture a rich glow of light and a depth of colour. I am constantly drawn to light and strive to always be living in it.
My art has been exhibited across Canada and the United States and is included in many International collections.
Artist CV available here
My girls are now 10 and 12 and are such a huge part of my life. I feel it is so very important to include them in my art making practice as much as possible. I want them to have a strong, determined, hard working role model so that they too can grow up and choose who they want to be and know that they can make that happen.
It is all about the process for me. How I build a painting, is made up of many many stages and layers. I work with thin layers, creating layer upon layer of glazes, until I am happy with the result. It takes many months of pushing and pulling, back and forth, closer and further until a painting is finally complete. I think of these layers almost as you would a photograph. Each layer represents the different colours in a photograph and how it is built up with many passes of colour to create a complete picture. This photographic quality has always been of interest to me. I take this a step further in paint, creating an abstracted, subjective reality where one can bring their own experience and memories. Each viewer has their own unique experience, and this is what I love!
For me this process is so important. It is my meditation. My time of healing. The simple gesture. The physicality and repetition of it. Mark making after mark making. Soft blendings. The viscosity and smell of the oils. It triggers something in me, shutting out the noise of the day. I will continue to heal in this process as I recover from a year of two brain surgeries and intensive radiation. Painting heals and I turn to this again now.