I love being out on the land and having the chance to see wildlife. Here, we are a pocket of humanity on the edge of wilderness.
Painting is very cathartic for me. The animal subjects of my paintings are essentially a vehicle, which can convey varying emotions. I often see my paintings as a self-portrait of sorts. As a mother I identify with the “mother bear image” protective, fierce and gentle all at the same time. I paint a lot of bears.
My work is heavily influenced by my surroundings. Whenever I hit a “dry” period in studio, the equivalent to “writers block”, it usually means I need to get out for a big long hike and spend some time with my muse – nature herself. I love working on mural size paintings – the bigger the better. I love the challenges that the scope of a large painting brings.
My work is highly textural. I use a variety of acrylic mediums to create elements of deep relief. The paintings pop off the canvas, for me this helps to capture the feeling of the wild.