I have always loved to create. I am better at creating a piece of artwork than telling a story. I am an introvert and feel that I come alive and extend myself into the world when creating. Mostly, this translates to an expressionist and impulsive slant in my art. Broad brush strokes, thickness and 'meat' on my paintings. I am obsessive about creating but not about my subject. I will skip between several different subject areas depending where I am at that moment, in that week, in that month of that year.
I grew up as a child in northern Alberta on a Cree reserve. It was a fly in community. A tight-knit community with their own language and customs different than my own family's.But, when I was in junior high we moved to central Alberta to a money town. I have always struggled to fit into this environment and found it hard to be there. I was always more at peace outside in nature like the summers spent on my Oma and Opa's farm outside of Edmonton. I love the outdoors. I love the peacefulness of a long walk. I appreciate and respect nature. I can just be me and it can be itself; no questions asked.
I work as a civil engineering drafting design technologist. I took 2.5 years of my Fine Arts degree at the University of Alberta but ended up graduating with my Education degree with a major in Art and a minor in Special Education. When I graduated high school, I took the Civil Engineering program at NAIT. I was always taught Art was a hobby not a career or lifestyle. Until recently, I have always thought I believed that because I was taught it. But, I was mistaken and my parents were wrong so I start from here to build myself as an artist to create and share my art with others. And, incorporate it until my life in every way possible.
As of late, I have been torn about who I am as an artist and it has been reflected in my work. As I now look at the people and landscape around me as a new mother.
I have also changed my process in making art. If I could make art all day long I would but, of course, that is not realistic - it is 2010 and our world is about time and money. I have to work in stages and it has been helpful in my latest project.
My latest project has been an mix of landscape and figurative work. I am playing with a title of the group of works and so far the best contender is: 'always somewhere in between'. Our lives - as employees, friends, wives, husbands, daughters, sons, sisters, brothers - consuming and consumed by everyday tasks while there is a world rushing by around us. A presence that can seem there but not there at the same time. We are all held by the landscape around us. What is our responsibility? How do we chose to interact with our reality? How do we forget it so easily? What do we do to help it? What do we do to save it? What is our sacrifice? What do we gain?
As I continue to develop update my artist statement, I have my original one (the one I created after leaving university) still posted below:
Painting is an expression of my experiences with our world.
I believe as artists we are creating our view, or perhaps vision, of the world within our art. Maybe, we are just discovering it for the first time ourselves. We are at a time when we should be consciously reflecting on our world and society.
As a visual artist, we are obligated to share our thoughts and reflections within our art. Allowing the viewers to be introduced to different perspectives: new, different, beautiful, controversial, or more.
We are faced with different realities, different truths. We all have weaknesses. We all have dreams. And, we have all loved. I hope to reach people's common emotions with the expression of my art. My desire is that the viewer, while in deep contemplation observing my work, will be touched within themselves.
I hope I create a unique journey for each one of you.