Artist Statement

I was first inspired to paint in the early 1980s, representing landscape and wildlife on canvas while exploring the medium of acrylic paint.  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 and public collections.

In the early 2000s, I became 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 studio practice of watercolours painting, playing with technique and the serendipitous nature of the medium. Most of the paintings I produce are landscapes, florals, some abstracts and under the sea motifs from my Sea of Cortez excursions. To date, I have painted approximately 300 watercolour paintings and counting. Having amassed quite a large stack of watercolour paintings, I am currently working on repurposing them into a new body of work entitled “Entropia”.

In the Entropia series, I am cutting up and repurposing the watercolours, using traditional and invented quilt pattern blocks and other collage techniques as the basis to build a new wall piece. My initial inspiration to repurpose these watercolour paintings stemmed from a similar impulse that I’ve had with earlier paper shred work, which was to make use of what was available. Entropia is a blended word that I am using to describe that intangible space between order and disorder and to include the notion of repurposing the idealized paintings. The work is ongoing, as is my studio practice of watercolour painting.