I was raised in the Columbia Valley in the small lake community of Windermere BC. Following my Father’s footsteps, I attained a Bachelor of Design from the Alberta College of Art and Design in 2002. After graduation, I pursued a career as an Illustrator/Graphic Designer both freelance and as part of various design agencies. A few years later, a move to Montréal inspired me to pursue another creative path, that of a Carpenter. That 8 year path lead me to study through the Carpentry Apprenticeship Program, and later, some exploration into the art of Timberframe construction. After some time, my mind and body needed a change and I turned my attention back to my Art.
My love for anatomy, the human form, philosophy and international travel has profoundly influenced and inspired my creative endeavours. I have been drawn to the Eastern World especially, and the fruits of those travels have inspired not only my Visual Art, but also my pursuits in Dance and Traditional Eastern Healing Arts. In addition to my artistic pursuits, I teach Yoga and practice Traditional Thai Medicine - The physical medicines of Thai Massage, Lukprakob, Fire Cupping and Tok Sen which I find are also very creative processes that allow me to explore the beautiful mechanism of the body. Highly influenced by the works of Egon Schiele, I draw focus on my sense of line and the manipulation of negative space around the subject. Using found recycled materials from my travels, I add a sense of nostalgia of a different time and place...a personal memoir of my life and experience. Every piece of paper or fabric tells a story.
For the third year in a row, I am honoured to be the Artist in Residency at Pynelogs Cultural Centre in Invermere BC. Last year, I created 'The Awkward Project' (anything to have a laugh...). I found it to be a very successful show for deepening my studies in the Avant Garde and for challenging myself with new materials and form. This year's theme is 'Pro·gres·sion'. Progression from one state to another; in nature itself, in human cognition, in relationship, or simply progression from one point to another. Whether symbolic to changes in life, climate models, evolution of being, mathematical progression or basic movement from point A to point B, nature is in a constant progression. The sum of past events, choices and circumstance lead us to the current results. Sometimes those results are exquisite, other times the results seem anything but. Let us explore both progression and the inevitable regression that is often required. The ending of one cycle leads to the birth of another. Check out the results of the residency at Pynelogs Cultural Centre in the Summer of 2018, 1720 4th Ave RR 4, Invermere, BC V0A 1K4
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