Bio and Process

 

I work out of my bright home studio in Milton, Ontario. As soon as I step inside, I prickle with inspiration and ideas  – a perfect environment for me to create reflective and expressive compositions in acrylics and mixed media.

Several years ago I was deeply impressed by an exhibit of artwork from a post-war art movement in Japan, one that strove to find beauty even in the desolation of the war-torn landscape, a time when artists had almost no alternative but to rediscover the majesty, endurance, and expressiveness of matter itself, however disarranged. Over time, artists grew to admire and find beauty in unanticipated arrangements of the concrete world around them, 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.

When I first began to paint, I was inspired to do the same.  This philosophy unleashed in me a playful, spontaneous, and intuitive approach to my 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 work them in ways with various techniques 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, adding a unique dimension to the overall effect of the finished painting.

Over the years, I began to create paintings that are connected.  In both the Sea and Sky Series and Persian Nights Series, the paintings are each based on restricted palettes of 3 colours (plus black and/or white), and to some extent keep to a focused theme, whereas the two Lowville paintings, which I call “companions,” are mainly connected by the same paints and process.  Now and again I return to Pour Painting on Paper, which I find both relaxing and breathtaking, or Mixed Media and Collage when I feel like exploring new frontiers of abstraction.

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

I am a member of The Fine Arts Society of Milton and show my work in their member exhibits at the Holcim Gallery in FirstOntario Arts Centre Milton.  I venture down to the Niagara Region regularly where I serve on the Executive Board for the St. Catharines Art Association and exhibit regularly in their shows.  As well,  I exhibit regularly in the member exhibits and juried art shows at The Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre.  I am also a member of the Niagara Shores Artists, a group of seven artists who aspire to support each other and exhibit regularly.

 

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