I have been painting since I was a kid. I knew I loved making art as soon as I started drawing flowers. My grandmother would always tell me how much she loved them, so I would draw them and add watercolors. I started using acrylic paint when I become an art teacher and eventually moved to oil paint too. When my kids got older, I started painting more and more.
I’ll spend hours looking at the exquisite details of what I want to paint. For that reason, painting can make me feel frustrated because I cannot recreate the magnificence of what I see before me. I can be very self-critical and often feel like I am falling short. Nevertheless, it’s amazing what you see when you paint, which is why I want to keep creating. There is so much to notice in the world, and so much beauty to witness!
I am mostly drawn to flowers and colours that glow. Inspiration can come from anywhere. If I see an image or scenery that appeals to me, I will get the urge – almost like an unquenchable need – to paint with that particular colour or to take the composition onto the canvas. It makes me feel like I am witnessing an infinitely small amount of divine glory and becomes a keepsake of the moment I experienced.
Each place I have lived has held its own beauty, and I love to use that as inspiration for my artwork. In Inuvik, the beauty is somewhat more concealed compared to a more temperate climate. There is a different brand of beauty anywhere you go, and you have to keep your eyes open to find it.