“I used to think you were weird, but now I find you delightful.” ― a friend
I'm quite sure it was late 2013 in Victoria, Canada.
I was a twenty-five (ish) year old on a kitchen floor in a rented basement suite and I was about to attempt my first abstract painting. It was fun, although I realized early on that my paintings were on the verge of terrible and I had no clue what I was doing. I often grew frustrated and would throw them away, which in retrospect was maybe a tad dramatic. However, I was still very much drawn to the process.
I was enamoured with the idea of destroying and recreating myself several times a day. Most of all, it felt completely safe spilling my guts to the canvas. There was never any judgement and certainly no rules. My canvas was self-expression, self-discovery, and sexual gratification (just kidding). Painting brought me comfort during the turbulent times and doldrums of life; It was quick to offer its lightheartedness and whimsy. Sharing my art was a method of connecting with people and the world around me. It gave me a voice. My style evolved over time and I made some room for vulnerability. I began selling my paintings locally and accepting commission requests.
I currently set up my easel in the kitchen. There's always music coming from somewhere and I'm probably drinking a coffee with too much cream. I get distracted by my dogs; frozen in a state of sheer disbelief at how offensively cute they are. The elder mutt, Jack, is curled up in a pretzel-esque manner beside me. The dachshund, Pablo, is laying underneath a large pile of warm laundry and I don't like to disturb him when he's busy like that. Tiny specks of paint accumulate on the kitchen floor and I really hope my boyfriend doesn't notice.
I plan to always continue learning and growing as an artist, and I'm still kinda weird.
I'm a huge fan of awkwardness in art. My medium of choice for nearly all my paintings is acrylic paint and acrylic ink on canvas. I occasionally finish a painting with paint markers, sharpies and pens. I gravitate towards a broad and loud selection of colours, intermingled with a variety of haphazard lines and shapes. I exclusively paint inconsistencies. Layers and patterns are added over the course of two-four weeks through a myriad of moods. The paintings are lively and colourful, oftentimes with hidden faces and flowers. I frequently notice a cityscape theme in finished pieces. My art is a means of communication. It allows me able to embrace my idiosyncrasies. I want my art to make you smile. To make you feel wondrous, playful, intrigued and inspired to create some art of your own!