Art saved my life. Spiritually, it allows me to be very close and in touch with myself. It is quite an introspective journey to put something together that I will then outwardly display.
Since 2010, and a battle with cancer, my art has had a more direct view. Regardless of the piece itself, there has been more of an air of seriousness in it. The subject matter is not always reflective of that – I always say if you are not having fun doing art, then quit.
I work in different mediums and disciplines but mostly what I create are paintings. Nature is my church you could say, and found objects from it can lend themselves so well to art. I believe it is a good challenge to work on surfaces other than white prepared canvas. I often find quite a number of materials out on walks around my studio, Head Space Studio, nestled on the side of Tin Can Hill.
When I got off the plane from Toronto in 1981, I saw the tremendous horizon and the huge distances of the North; it was a revelation and good for my soul. Yellowknife has been very welcoming for artists; there is an encouragement among peers as we mentor each other.
The circle of interest to share contacts is amazing; the artists don’t have to worry about cornering a market and being secretive with their techniques. Here, everybody has a chance to create and present their art.