— CHANCE COLLAGES, Torn-and-pasted paper and colored paper on colored paper
I was attracted to patterns I saw emerging with the torn pieces of paper. In these works I began to incorporate disgarded materials and explore ideas around chance and accident.
The Sunday series began with posting one collage on Instagram on Sunday. Distinguishing Sunday, the end of the week, a time to reflect, seemed important to me. However my artistic impulse lead me to expand this practice and fulfill my desire to create a daily practice of art making and posting hence the Morning Ritual Series. I pursued the Sunday series for six weeks. The collages distinguished themselves from the more abstract collages made during the week by including figurative elements that explored playful composition and narrative.
— MIXED MEDIA ON PAPER
I used the remnants of discarded pieces of paper from some of my other work. Often I added more texture and design with paint. I also started to include pieces from my paper palette where I’d mix the paint. The average size of one collage is 12 x 12 inches.
This series began as a creative experiment of making and posting a collage on Instagram every morning for 30 days. I chose to dedicate the mornings as the time for conducting this ritual as that's when I tend to experience the most energy. I was interested in working within a specific time frame and to notice how it felt to share the daily art making practice on social media.
— FLOWER, ROCK, TREE, Pastel on Paper
Dry pastel on paper. These minimal drawings were a response to the things seen outside of my studio window in Mount Pleasant.
Monochrome inspired collages 2015: 8x8 inches.
— DESERT ARROYO, Watercolour on paper
A watercolour series inspired by the soft hues of the California Desert Landscape. I used so much water to diffuse the paint, the paper warped and buckled. I enjoy how this element adds a sense of physicality to the pieces.
— OH TOKYO, Pastel on paper
A series of pastel drawings inspired by a fashion editorial from a Tokyo magazine. In these drawings I began to explore colour blocking.
— SWIRL AND SWIPE, Ink On Japanese Rice Paper
These monotypes were made in my studio on glass plates. I was very free and spontaneous with my movement and impressions. There’s a fluidity and kinetic energy that I enjoy about these pieces.
— ARCHETYPES, Ink and Charcoal on Paper
This on going series explores dreams, archetypes and the collective unconscious. Working in response to the ephemeral and the permanent, the ink on paper plays between control and accident. This process-based approach, like a meditation, requires high sensitivity. Responding from the body, each movement, every stroke, drip or smudge, investigates gestural mark making.
The symbol of the scarab is an interesting one for me. The silver scarab ring that I wear is oval shape, almost like a skull. It was an auspicious symbol in ancient Eygypt. I’m intrigued with the scarab’s salient quality and ancient meaning that signifies transformation and rites of passage.
Paper on paper. Mini collages 3.5x2.5 inches.
Made in the summer in the Swiss Alps.
— TOKYO ROSE, Monotypes on Japanese Rice Paper
Working with the same images from the Japanese editorial I was inspired by an old book of monoprints by Maurice Pendergrast. His prints have a quality of freshness and spontaneity. When he ran out of money to paint, he turned to making prints on his studio floor using a copper plate and a metal spoon.
Using the back of a metal spoon I transferred these images from copper plates onto rice paper.
— EARLY PORTRAITS, Pencil crayon and Watercolour on paper
My first artistic love was of fashion. My fascination influenced these intimate portrayals of friends and family. At the same time, I was strongly drawn to the decorative and romantic aspects of Pre-Raphaelites artists such as Millais and Waterhouse I also admired the luminous qualities of Boucher, Fragonard and Watteau. Looking back at this work I am still struck by the delicate quality and sense of introspection these heroines convey.
—ALTA LAND, Ink and Watercolour on paper
A series of loosely rendered ink drawings based on my memory of Alberta landscapes.
— FASHION TABLEAUX, Ink on Japanese rice paper
My passion for Japanese scroll paintings and particularity Ukiyo-e, a final phase in the long evolution of Japanese genre painting lead me to this series of works. Ukiyo-e painters focused on enjoyable activities in landscape settings, shown close-up, with special attention to contemporary affairs and fashions. My interests in this on-going series is to convey my love of fashion and also to translate the elements that attract me to the rich painting and prints from Japan; flat shapes, precision and saturated yet muted colour palette. Drawing on my own inspirations for clothes and style, I go my favorite designers websites. To achieve the flat and graphic quality, I draw an outline of the figure on to the rice paper paint them with ink then I cut them out and glue them to a piece of pressed paper. I’m delighted with the elegant and playful qualities of these works.
— FASHION PORTRAITS, Colored pencil on paper
In this series, I wanted to portray extreme fashion and glamour. I choose the stylized and idealized images from fashion magazine ads to create these small-scale portraits rendered with colored pencil.
The decorative quality of the Pre-Raphaelites is still present although I was mainly influence by the graphic portrait drawings of neo-classicist artist Dominique Ingres.