I’m the third generation of my family to grow up in a rural seaside town on the west coast of Canada; to say that the forest and the ocean are influential in my work would be an understatement. However, I’m not content to replicate nature. I’m an unconventional oil painter using stencils and spray paint like a street artist and markers like an illustrator. I create a puzzle to solve by using crisp lines, colours, textures and shapes that do not exist in the natural environment. The challenge then is to create unity that is aesthetically pleasing but not entirely comfortable. For me, a successful painting shows evidence of a struggle. If a painting is working well too quickly, I’ll purposely make erratic brushstrokes, scribbles and drips to “mess” it up and create tension. I push past the boundaries of outdated conditioning that equate femininity with neatness and prettiness. I look to nature to create work that rebels against order and perfection; I seek a raw kind of beauty.
SUNSHINE COAST, B.C. CANADA
“I respectfully acknowledge that I am living and working on the ancestral and unceded territories of the shíshálh Nation, and the Skwxwú7mesh Nation.”