My abstract paintings are intimate conversations – questions and observations provide guidance on how a single mark informs the next, inspiring strong flows of colour. Bold paint pours give way to the soft meandering of brush strokes that are sometimes partially submerged under a cloud of pastel applied with bare hands. These are endeavours to “visually hear” in order to communicate thoughts and feelings in an unfolding dance between order and chaos, the known and the unknown.
Being a shy child, I drew to explore my imagination but also as a gentle way to introduce myself to new people and make friends. This was my earliest introduction to art as a form of connection. As I grew into adulthood, the drive to make and create only increased. Whether backpacking through Europe or taking time to draw after a long day at the office, my paints and pencils were constant companions. After a year of living and working in Japan, having been exposed to the artisanal craftsmanship and reverence of artists there, I decided to study art at Emily Carr.
Today, I call the Sunshine Coast of beautiful British Columbia home.
Interview with The Kube Studios
Can you share one quote or saying you love?
"You have to know how to use the accident, how to recognize it, how to control it, and ways to eliminate it so that the whole surface looks felt and born all at once." (Helen Frankenthaler)
This, to me, communicates precisely the act of abstract painting. My days in the studio are spent whole heartedly practicing a delicate balance between control and letting go.
What’s your worst habit?
Second guessing myself and the direction of my work. The sooner I can let go and just dive in, the quieter that voice of doubt becomes.
Where is your studio and what is your medium?
My little studio is located a the Kube. Come by and say hi! Having a separate space outside my home has made an incredible difference for my focus. Painting with other artists around me is a nice throw back to my art school days.
I'm a big fan of mixed media because it opens up a diverse world of textures and hues. This includes watercolour crayon, ink, chalk pastel and interference acrylics. Recently I've added glossy acrylic pouring medium, tinted with ink or high flow acrylic paint to create juicy, dense colours and to play with different levels of transparency.
If could only choose one song to play every time you walked into a room for the rest of your life, what would it be?
I'll have to break the rules and choose a few songs because I can't pick just one:
When I'm contemplative, Holocene by Bon Iver.
When I'm feeling happy, Go Do by Jonsi.
When I feel like being carried away, Cosmic Love by Florence and the Machine.
When I'm feeling nostalgic, anything by Blue Rodeo