About the Artist

 

 At this point in my life I am  an "emerging artist". It is an interesting place to be.  On one hand, there is  a sense of urgency driving my practice and life experiences that demands to be woven into the art work. On the other, I am a bit like a kid in a candy store, barely able to take in the wide open spaces of the creative process and the variety of media available to me (if I only had enough time!).

 

 My art practice has evolved in the last number of years into two distinct but increasingly overlapping areas: 

  •  Sculpture:  Drawn to materials that do not necessarily "play well together",  for the past 7 years my"palette" has been mainly kiln formed glass, cement, stone, and metal artifacts retrieved from the local junkyard.   I enjoy the  process challenge of mastering and integrating these materials into a coherent whole. With them I have explored themes of personal and societal change ( the Circularity Series), community  and the abstraction of natural forms ( the Lissome series) .  
  • Painting: Inspired by landscapes and the human figure, I use mostly pastel and acrylic.   My landscape subject matter is often a locale in nature that tends to get taken for granted yet has a potent "sense of place"  in our collective experience.  Through this perspective I have explored a local urban watershed (Jackson Creek) and the Warsaw Caves area. Currently I am working on a series loosely based on the Outer Islands of Georgian Bay.  

  After 10 years of part time study, I graduated from the Haliburton School of Fine Arts in 2009 with a Diploma in Fine Arts.   I have also studied at glass schools in Germany (Bildwerk Frauenau- 2012) and New Zealand (Whanganui Glass School under Kathryn Wightman- 2013) .   For the past 4 years I have been a member of the Sadleir House Life Drawing Group.  

 

In my previous work life,  I have been an adult educator, career counsellor and community developer. I have had the opportunity to work in government, non-profit organizations and as an entrepreneur. My previous work experience -for example assisting displaced workers for 10 years  - profoundly shapes and informs my art.   

 

 

Selected Exhibits

 

Selected Work 

Displayed at: 

Oeno Gallery, Prince Edward County, Ontario, 2015 and 2106

Proximity Gallery, Stoney Lake, Ontario, 2015 and 2016

 

Secret World (Juried Exhibition)

Station Gallery, Whitby, Ontario

November 28 -January 10, 2016

 

Annual Show of Fine Arts (Juried Exhibition)

 Visual Arts Centre of Clarington, Bowmanville, Ontario

October, 2015

 

Kawartha Autumn Studio Tour: Selections

Art Gallery of Peterborough, 

Peterborough, Ontario

August - November, 2015

 

Lissome -Cement and Kiln Cast Glass

Displayed at Haliburton Sculpture Forest/ Haliburton School of the Art

Haliburton, Ontario

2014 -present

 

The Lissome Series – Cement and Kiln Cast Glass

 Oeno Gallery Sculpture Garden at Huff Estates, 

Prince Edward County, Ontario

2012 and 2013

 

Sense of Place Series:  Warsaw Caves in Paintings and Glass(solo)

Parkhill on Hunter and Natas Cafe,

Peterborough Ontario

August – October, 2012

 

Works in Progress: A Show of Life Drawings (group)

Sadlier House Arts Group

Peterborough, Ontario

April 7 -17, 2011

 

Art in the Garden: Sculpture in Ecology Gardens (solo)

Ecology Gardens, Peterborough, Ontario

June 26, 27, 2010