I love doing anything creative!
My artwork is an evolution of my creative journey combining my passions for drawing, designing, painting and sewing with my love of colour and texture. Beginning at an early age, with my mom helping me sew little felt outfits for my puppets, which expanded to knitting, crochet and embroidery. I loved drawing and colouring as a kid and spent a lot of time sewing my own clothes. As a young child we spent a lot time in the summers camping and I would spend hours beach combing looking for the perfect sand dollar buried in the sand. As a teenager I focused on drawing and went to college art school in the summers. A few years ago I completed a certificate in Professional Graphic Design. I love the creativity in creating logos. I am a co-creator of UVic's self-guided Campus Art Tour. Read more here.
My inspiration is found in the natural beauty of the West Coast of Canada where I refuel my creativity and find inspiration by spending time in nature, walking my two golden retrievers along the many beaches and forested walking trails. In my spare time I enjoy watching documentaries of famous artists and musicians; visiting local art galleries and museums; and of course my passion: creating colourful artistic expressions of art.
I create three different styles of paintings: 3D flowers, textured sand dollars and star fishes and hand stitched. For all of my paintings I use fluid mixed with heavy body acrylic paint as I like the consistency and acrylic mediums. All paintings are done on canvas or canvas boards. I prefer using deep canvas. For my flower paintings I use flat canvas to create the petals and leaves. I title the occasional flower piece in Gaelic as a nod to my Irish heritage. All three styles incorporate my passions for drawing, designing, painting and sewing with my love of colour and texture. I am currently focusing on my flower paintings.
Iris Scott (who takes finger painting to a whole new level - when I saw her peacock painting at Art San Diego in 2014 my jaw dropped !!!!)
Kevin Box (whose origami sculptures are so beautiful, definitely thinking outside the box!)
Andy Warhol (the man had great hair! and an ability to capture both the moment on canvas and a nation struggling for identity through his pop art)
Jackson Pollock (his inspirational realization that helped him crack his creative shell and pour and splatter his soul into his work led me to my own path of discovery)
Picasso (who journeyed from realism to cubism)
Monet (the master of impressionism)
Van Gogh (awesome colour)
DJ Boitano (love his mixtapes! music evokes deep emotions which helps me tap into my creative side)
Coco Chanel (fashion is art too!)
I feel art is meant to be shared. Just like good China should be used instead of sitting on a shelf, art is meant to be viewed, discussed, enjoyed and inspiring!