The year 2014 will mark the 10th year of my full time professional art practice and gallery representation. When I started showing at the age of 27, I created successful and recognizable imagery with bold paintings of nature before I embarked on my personal quest to ask questions and talk about my growing roots in Western Canada.
The result have been several series of traditionally “Western” subjects (ie: cows, horses, roosters) rendered in large scale encaustic paintings, superimposed on backdrops which clearly represent contemporary culture. Utilizing many techniques including digital printing of unique designed patterns, photography and spray paint, all combined with the encaustic subject forefront, I am now representing the “new” in what I call the “Nouveau Western”.
Moving to Alberta in 2002 from Eastern Canada has had a tremendous impact on my life and my artistic practice. Since 2004, I have had 11 solo exhibitions in Alberta, participated in more than 20 juried group shows across Canada and was awarded the Public Art Commission by the Town of Canmore for an outdoor sculptural work. I have more recently participated in a residency at the Banff Centre, have taught creative painting and photo-editing, and have been president of the Mountain Arts Foundation and gallery director for the Canmore Arts Guild. Needless to say that I have been artistically thriving since I decided to call Alberta 'home'.
My training began in the Visual Arts Program at the Université du Québec à Montréal in the mid 90's after completing a two year diploma (DEC) at Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf in Fine Arts and Communications, followed by a diploma (DEC) in Interior Design in 1998. Since then, I have been largely self-directed in my pursuit of technical information and mentorship; devouring books and lectures by fellow artists and teaching when time has allowed me to do so.
My artistic production has been largely about Western Art and Heritage and its efforts to join the Global Village. I thrive on exploring new ways to express this duality and its challenges.
ARTISTIC RECOGNITION AND AWARDS
2005 Canmore’s Art Trust Award for Public Art
• Awarded a $20 000 grant based on submission to competition. Designed original sculpture in fiberglass and steel for outdoor installation on the banks of the Bow River in Canmore.
2014 Banff Centre for the Arts, juried artist residency
2013 Cenovus Art Competition finalist
2012 Banff Centre for the Arts, juried artist residency
2012 ‘Artist Ranch Project’ (Calgary Stampede Art Show) juried participant
2009 Alberta’s Top 20 Artists finalist, Heritage Corporation
2009 Canmore Mayor’s Awards for Arts & Culture: Winner: Artistic Achievement Award
2007 Canmore Mayor’s Awards for Arts & Culture: Winner: Community Builder category
1999 Toronto IIDEX (International Interior Design Exhibition) : Bronze Award for the artistic light fixture called: Fu Pou