I was first inspired to paint in the early 1980s, representing landscape and wildlife on canvas while exploring the medium of acrylic paint. And yep, I was very much captivated by the Bob Ross’s technique painting demos on PBS. To this day, I still love watching art making demos. This lead to my later enrollment to the Alberta College of Art and Design in 1990 where I developed a kinship with mixed media and developed a penchant for conceptual ideas in art making.
During the 1990s and early 2000s, I made many works using shredded paper as my medium, exploring ideas of layering materials such as shredded newsprint, returned banking cheques, personal files, $2 bills obtained from the Bank of Canada, etc. With this, I developed many “chunk” works where I could tie the materials into concepts that involved the “self in modern society”, as represented by the particular shred product. The materials were layered multiple times and trimmed displaying the levels of paper density. This work was exhibited across Canada and is mostly now housed in private a public collections.
Over the next few years, I became deeply involved in the Calgary art community, lending my creative energy to a few different collectives and curatorial projects that expanded my art making practice. It was here that I began to rediscover my love of drawing, painting, photography and fibre arts, incorporating these practices into installation style work, collaborating with colleagues to explore theme based concepts. It was because of these collaborative experiences, that lead me to my current practice of working in watercolours, playing with technique and the serendipitous nature of the medium.