I was in my mid twenties and living in Vancouver before it dawned on me that there is so much more to being an artist than being able to perfectly render a realistic drawing. I have always been a maker, and since this epiphany have been looking for ways to share deeper meaning and understanding through the things that I create. Though clay is usually my preferred medium, my transient lifestyle does not always provide the space and tools required for ceramics. Because of this I am always testing out other, more portable media such as photography, watercolour, sound, and embroidery.
While completing my BFA at NSCAD, an awareness of what life as an artist could look like was formed, as was a feeling of moving in the right direction.
My childhood was spent moving from town to town, and as an adult, I haven’t yet been able to stop this pattern, though there is something about the East coast that continues to draw me back. There’s a simplicity of life and a sense of community in Nova Scotia that I’ve yet to find anywhere else.
Spending my adolescence in Thunder Bay instilled in me a love of nature and the peacefulness that comes from being surrounded by beautiful lakes and forests and not much else. Living in Thunder Bay directly lead me to begin my seasonal-work career, starting as a treeplanter in my early twenties, which lead to cooking for treeplanters, which lead to my current job as a fire tower person in the foothills of Alberta. It’s been a decade since I’ve spent more than eight months at a time in one place, and though I am growing weary of constantly packing and unpacking boxes and backpacks, there is still so much I want to see and do before “settling down”. This internal conflict often presents itself in my work.
I draw inspiration from artists in a multitude of media. I continuously return to themes that effect me on a personal level, such as environmental issues and nature, self sufficiency, matters of the heart, and the search for a home.