As an abstract artist, I am inspired by the colours, texture and juxtaposition of urban and natural environments. I also appreciate the beauty of aging elements - rust on metal, patina on copper - mixed with the vibrancy of the botanical world. My painting process includes scraping and manipulating contrasting pigments with unorthodox tools and utensils. Each of my works are layers of several paintings built onto the canvas like an excavation site, encouraging a closer look to see what lies beneath.
Originally from San Francisco, I currently live and create my art in Vancouver, British Columbia.
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Current awards and exhibitions:
Federation of Canadian Artists - Awarded Active Member Status 2019
Art in the City Exhibition - Vancouver, BC May 3-5, 2019
"Winter Equinox" juried and selected for Federation of Canadian Artist online exhibition July 2019
"Grafitti Series: A Populist Storm" juried and selected for Fusion Art international online exhibition Jul/Aug 2019
"Walls" juried and selected for Concept Exhibition at the Federation of Canadian Artist Gallery Sept 16-29, 2019
"Autumn Echinaceas" juried and selected for Emerging Exhibition (online) at the Federation Gallery Nov 5-20 2019
"Late Summer Storm" juried and tied for 3rd place in the Minimalist Expressionism category of the
2019 American Art Awards
Two paintings selected for Vancity Credit Union branch exhibition Vancouver BC Nov/Dec 2019
Awarded solo on-line exhibition with Fusion Art Gallery Palms Springs CA Dec 2019
"Autumn Echinaceas" selected for exhibition at Artize Gallery Palm Springs Feb 2020
"Cherry Blossom" juried and selected for the Painting on the Edge international Exhibition Jul/Aug 2020
"Tin and Wood" and "Blue Hyacinths" juried into Small Works Exhibition Aug 2020
"Blue Hydrangea", "Peace Rose" and "Eucalyptus" juried into Limitless Exhibition Aug 2020
"The Icebergs Weep" juried into the CRISIS:Climate Change Exhibition Oct 2020
"Eucalyptus" and "Cherry Blossom juried into the Distrupting the Silence Exhibition with The Visionary Projects NYC and The Lohme Art Gallery in Malmo, Sweden
Selected for the Emerging Artist Platform from London, UK 2020
"Winter Emerging" juried into the "Abstract:Reality Reimagined" Exhibition Feb 2021
Awarded two artist exhibition at the Kay Meeks Arts Centre Fall 2021
"Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time."