Edmonton, AB, Canada
An introvert by nature, art was always one way I expressed myself, this includes photography and poetry...check out my blog!
Paintint is not only a creative outlet for me, but also an emotional, spiritual and intellectual healing experience. I paint because this is how I meditate and keep quiet. Painting is an outlet for stress, emotion, insights, and intuitions.
I have recently completed my MA in Child and Youth Care at the University of Victoria. While I was completing graduate work I was also working full time as a Mental Health Therapist at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital in Child and Family Psychiatry. I want my work to evoke the same in others. In my career as a professional Child and Youth Care Counsellor and Mental Health Therapist, I have also used art as part of my therapeutic practice. I was always impressed with childrens creativity, vision and focus during artistic activities. I have many years of experience creating and witnessing the positive effects a therapeutic milieu, which always involves some form of art of creative work, can have on children and their development. is always something I paid attention to and respected. In many ways, our environments have a profound effect on our psychology, emotions, moods, thoughts and behaviour, especially for Children and youth. Studying development and the human psyche so intimately, I was inspired to use art in order to enhance and facilitate learning, imagination, creative and abstract thinking, and most importantly a tool for self discovery and expression. Abstract art always demands the question 'what do you see, and why?' inspire imagination, creativity and reflection.
Being a conceptual abstract thinker means i take what my senses give me, interpret it within the concrete frameworks of my environment, then rethink, reformulate and reassess what it means irrespective of the opinions of others, past conditioning, media programming and other subconscious lenses i regularly use to apply meaning in my life. I have a natural ability to break down and unpack my experiences. To feel them again and again. Make them relevant again. Re examine them relative to time. I can put the experiences into word and art form that expresses their essence. This is usually abstract and circular. Like translating the subconscious experiences that have not received meaning yet. Words and art come from the depths of the soul, the heart. I do not interpret them in my mind. My mind simply acts as a projector for me to visualize what has come from elsewhere. I love my minds ability to do this. But I wonder whether my heart and soul are even mine? Or perhaps they too are channellers of my endless experiences. However small or large i perceive them to be, all experiences, whether internal or external, hold equal weight. I feel I cannot judge if the channelled material is significant. It just comes. And I feel I am a conduit of the eternal. I find the best way to communicate these experiences is to leave the medium as open ended as possible. So this is how I write, how I paint. Leaving the audience to face something, that if they choose to engage, pulls out from them, their unattended, invalidated, forgotten experiences. I feel my work should almost come with a disclaimer. Caution: Abstract art and poetry provokes the subconscious, and may cause turbulent emotional and psychological experiences that may involve post engagement self-evaluation and care.
I want my work to evoke insight. The need to come closer, look closer. I work with textures, layers, lines, colors and compositions in an abstract way. The call for the audience is to think about what they are seeing and why they are interested to look at it in the first place. I love the idea that art can help you discover pieces of yourself. Abstract art in particular can be a self discovery tool in that it can expose someone to themselves because it has no subject matter. Everyone can see the same image differently depending on their own filters, their own histories. Getting drawn in by a certain color or combination, by placements, and arrangements; by the textures, depths and blending that seem to create an intangible world into which you want to loose your thoughts. This is why I paint in the first place. I have an image in my mind that was inspired or provoked by a thought of a feeling. I transmute that onto canvas, and there is a piece of me that now you can discover along with discovering pieces of yourself. Not knowing what you are looking at, yet the mind, held within this consciousness, is able to stop thinking other thoughts. And for a brief moment abstract art has the ability to allow connection, meditation and quiet in the mind, so the soul can speak. This is how we begin to understand ourselves, know ourselves, afford ourselves experimentation in this life. I am humbled that I have been able to gain enough awareness of my ability to be inspired and translate the trapped images onto canvas, creating pieces which hopefully continue to evoke inspiration in others.
I believe firmly that when we are given the opportunity to express ourselves, we are given the opportunity to create ourselves.
And now the best part...It's all on sale!
Cards, prints, canvases, framed, matted, on metal etc.
I am so excited to share my work with the world!