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.

My mixed media work often combine painting, block printing, sewing and collage. In 2019, I began to explore contemporary abstracts using traditional rug hooking techniques.

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, art/fine craft juror, gardener and mother of one.