In many ways, my journey to becoming a painter has been an unexpected destiny.
I developed an appreciation for art at a young age. My mother, a watercolour artist, was also an avid art collector. I recall spending hours admiring the different and contrasting pieces that adorned the walls of my childhood home. I soon realized that I too, enjoyed the feeling of creating something from nothing. Time seemed to melt away as I sketched my favourite comic book superheroes and created my own characters.
After completing university in 2006, I moved to the NWT to begin my teaching career. I instantly felt connected to the rugged natural beauty of the landscape. In every sense of the word, I finally felt that I was ‘home’. I was instantly inspired to create.
You could say that I see the world through a different lens. Not only am I colour-blind, but my artwork also reflects a surreal and somewhat abstract appearance. My style might be described as a mixture of impressionism and abstraction, with an element of graphic illustration. Lately, I’ve been referring to my style as “graphic impressionism”. Bold lines and vibrant colour choices seem to be important to me.
As I continue on my journey, I hope to work in collaboration with other artists and continue to evolve and explore my style. If I’m lucky, others will enjoy my creations. One of the most magical experiences is the moment when another person connects to my work.