Artist Statement and Bio

Artist Statement

I've always been fascinated with the subtle details that decorate our surroundings; the intricate veins of a leaf, the finely textured surface of a stone, or the fluidity of our own pen stroke. While many of my paintings appear to be abstract, all begin as a response to something tangible and seemingly insignificant. Even the tiniest of repeat patterns have a way of catching my eye and I find their slight nuances to be an endless source of inspiration.


Born in Kitchener in December of 1970, my parents always claimed that I entered this world by sliding down the Christmas tree. My first 19 years were spent in a brick house on Lydia Street, where I learned to appreciate the beauty of handwritten notes and the reality of being friends with your siblings. I also learned that the heart of any home can usually be found somewhere between the fridge and the stove.

With a firm belief that I was destined to become a graphic designer, I moved to Toronto in 1990 to study at the Ontario College of Art. One dose of experimental painting made me realize that there was still much exploring to be done, and I entered the Interdisciplinary Studies program so I could roam all artistic disciplines freely. At some point typography, surface design and painting explorations collided, and sparks flew. It was a magical moment.

You'll still find me obsessing over repeat patterns, letterforms, and decorative abstracts, but these days, much of my inspiration comes from my surroundings. After 14 years of living in Toronto, my lovie and I bought an old fixer-upper in Guelph, and the creaking floors and towering trees became a preoccupation worthy of pondering. Combining painting, block printing, sewing and collage, my recent artwork reflects the weathered textures and patterns of the new landscape I now call "home". My canvases focus on the smaller details, the shadows, outlines, impressions, and fleeting moments we barely have time to notice.

My business card says I'm a painter and believer of beautiful things...both are equally true. I'm also an arts administrator, event organizer, seasoned art/fine craft juror, writer and mother of one. Currently, I'm working as the Cultural Inventory Coordinator with the City of Guelph. I'm a big fan of felt tip pens, wooden canoes, fine Canadian craft, great food & wine and stimulating conversation. I'm also quite passionate about my husband, typos, and freshly percolated coffee...but those are a given.

This website not only motivates me to create, but it also allows me to share my artwork with you. Please drop me a line if you're enjoying the journey.