Bio and Process

 

I work out of my studio tucked away in the bright basement of my home in Milton, Ontario. It is there that I feel inspired to create reflective and expressive compositions in acrylics and mixed media.

Several years ago I was smitten by a post-war art movement in Japan that strove to find beauty even in the desolation of the war-torn landscape, when artists were encouraged to rediscover the majesty, endurance, and expressiveness of matter, however disarranged. Over time, artists grew to admire and find beauty in unanticipated arrangements of images, so much so that they tried to bring more of the same into their art. Being playful and spontaneous with their process allowed their creations to move in unanticipated directions, a relatively new concept for that time.

This philosophy unleashed in me a playful approach to art.  I delight in seeing a creation emerge before me and watch as it expresses itself. For me, the starting point of a project is the matter, both surface and medium, and I pluck and play with each one in ways to encourage an unpredictable painting landscape. It is the feeling of allowing the matter to drive the creation that I find both sublime and gratifying, and hope that it adds to its unique expression.

More recently I have started to create paintings that are connected.  In both the Big Sky Series and Persian Nights Series, the paintings are each based on a restricted palette of 3 colours (plus black and/or white), and to some extent, theme, whereas the Lowville Series series are connected by the same process.  Nevertheless, I return now and again to pour painting and mixed media approaches to pluck and play and help my paintings find new frontiers of abstraction.

I have had the good fortune to study with skilled instructors, all of whom have expanded my understanding of and practice with different techniques and methods, including layering, glazing, paper collage, dispersion, all manners of brushwork, encaustics, and pour painting.  Since retiring in 2012, I show my work regularly throughout Milton, Hamilton, and the Niagara Peninsula.

I am a member of The Fine Arts Society of Milton, and also coordinate the small but very special art exhibit at Mama Mila’s Café in Milton.  I venture down to the Niagara Peninsula regularly, where I serve as Secretary for the St. Catharines Art Association. As well, as an active member at The Niagara Pumphouse Art Centre, I exhibit and participate in annual shows and events there.

 

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