I have always been interested in art. From an early age, I was influenced by my best friend's mother who was a book illustrator, mixed media artist, as well as the art director of the local college.
I focused on art throughout high school and decided to enroll in Graphic Design at St. Lawrence college in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Midway through my three year course, I found out I was pregnant with my first child. Needing to make ends meet, I left my studies and with the help of my family I opened up a custom picture framing business in Ottawa, Canada. We made that business a success despite our young age and I stayed with it for 11 years. I was greatly influenced by my exposure to a diverse selection of art, simultaneously following the color and style trends of the industry. With the birth of my fourth child, I left the business in my brother's capable hands and made myself a home studio where I have been producing my own art for sale ever since.
I am most inspired by people, especially faces. I find beauty in sadness so a lot of my art can be emotionally packed. There is something so beautiful and strong about a sad or lonely expression. I always feel very moved by it.
I also love texture and find beauty in aging brick, stonewalls with rust drips, rusted old iron and copper. A dilapidated building will bring me more inspiration then a flower garden or a sun-filled day. I find beauty and inspiration where others might see aging, sadness and loneliness, neglect or decay.
St. Lawrence College