Artist Statement

The process of making art, the physical act of painting, provides the meaning behind my work.

Canadaโ€™s West Coast, my home, has an enormous influence on my art. I live perched on the edge of the Pacific, smothered in dense rainforest and surrounded by row upon row of Coastal mountains. In this wild space, I rebel against ideas of order. I strive for handmade gestures and taking my cue from nature, I celebrate imperfection.

With this approach, I frequently discover feminine themes. The gestures and mark-making in my work convey energy and emotion, linking to the beauty, chaos, and wildly female qualities of nature. I push past the boundaries of outdated social codes that equate femininity with neatness and prettiness.

Painting is an act of liberation and I allow the process to ultimately define the work.

Marlene