A friend once asked me, "Are you a potter or a painter?" I didn't know what to say. I couldn't imagine doing just one thing. I am continually exploring and learning new techniques that can be used in a variety of mediums.
I work in batik, encaustic, watercolour, acrylic, clay, pencil, and even film. I enjoy everything from sketching to paintings with textured backgrounds. I am drawn to portraits and love creating expressive faces using a combination of mediums. I find that mixed- media creates interesting layers of depth to any work. Most recently the lure of beeswax has drawn me to encaustic and batik.
After a college course in black and white film photography, I found a renewed enthusiasm for traditional photography and immediately set up my own darkroom. Using traditional techniques, I process the film and hand develop black and white photos. I find it exciting that I can take a hand craft approach to creating unique photos with combinations of hand bleaching, toning and hand painting. I am intrigued with the idea of combining old school techniques with modern technology.
I am influenced by my family, graphic designs, Ansel Adams, Georgia O'Keefe, Picasso, Klimt and the Peace River landscape.
I am a graduate of the Northern Lights College visual arts program and have taken workshops from Jim Stokes, Darlene Dautel, Kathy Guthrie, Mike Svob, Sharon Lynn Williams, Suzanne Northcott, Mareth Warren, Michelle Zarb, Diane Bersea, Teressa Bernard, Mary Parslow, Elizabeth Harris-Nicols, Victoria Edgar and Jim Etzkorn. I consider myself fortunate to have been able to attend workshops by Simon Leach, Rob Froese, Fredi Rahn and Linda Doherty at Clayfest 2012.
I am a member of the Peace River Chapter of the Federation of Canadian Artists, Flying Colours Association and the North Peace Potters' Guild. My work is represented by Peace Gallery North in Fort St John, BC.