Born and raised in Edmonton, I was educated at the University of Alberta and then the University of Toronto. After extensive travels overseas which involved further education in France and some early experiments with painting, I commenced my professional career by teaching art at Harry Ainley High School in Edmonton. In the early 1980s, I turned to painting full time; first, with watercolours and later, with acrylics and oils both on canvas, paper and lexan. I also produced many monotypes. A few years ago, I began to collaboratively work in sculpture producing pieces and installations that are now in the public domain in downtown Edmonton and at the University of Alberta. I maintain a studio in Edmonton.
I attended workshops at Emma Lake (University of Saskatchewan), Grande Prairie North, the Emily Carr College in Vancouver a self directed residency at the Banff centre for the Arts. I have held residencies at the Columbia Icefields, the Gushel Studio in Blairmore (the University of Lethbridge), the Leighton Colony Residencies (Banff Centre), in Mojacar, Spain and just recently at Meyers of Munich working with glass.
I have been awarded grants by the Alberta Foundation for the Arts in 1991 and 2001, an Edmonton Arts Council Project grant in 2011 and a travel grant from the Edmonton Arts Council in 2014. Collaborative public sculptures, CONTENT, RECYCLES RECYCLES, IN-SIDE-OUT, PINWHEEL and ELEMENTAL (a personal installation) were selected winners of competitions from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Art in Public Places, The University of Alberta, and The Edmonton Arts Council.
Coming from the tradition of site specific landscape painting my practice in the past 18 years has gradually moved towards installation. My latest projects have been done on lexan (a transparent film). These works incorporate drawing, painting and printing. Done from an aerial perspective I see them as maps of land use.
Paint and mixed media are intertwined and layered. The surface is further enhanced by incorporating patterns in the frottage of found grid materials such as chain link fences, chicken wire, steel grates and grids. This mimics man made hieroglyphics and grids imposed on nature’s chaos.
In my new work the large lexan pieces can be adhered to Plexiglas (archival) and suspended 2 inches from the wall. In this way light changes with the surroundings so in a natural way the works seem to be illuminated from within. Some of the larger ones are cut up and re-ordered to form grids that are attached 2 inches from the wall. The walls are activated with illumination and shadows.
My latest series, that I just finished, is called Earth Études. It is 30 pieces 48 x 48 inches done from an aerial perspective on lexan to be mounted on plexi and hung in a large grid 2 inches from the wall.