It began with a Goddess. At sixteen years old, I became fascinated with a National Geographic clipping of Venus de Milo. Researching the sculpture led to the discovery of a wondrous world of art from a time period that I had previously known little about. Needless to say, my romantic self became smitten with classical based art and subject matter. I found myself drawn to the romantic and tragic mythologies and historic accounts of the Greeks and Romans. I began to incorporate classical subject matter into my artwork, and my paintings soon became dominated by the figure as a subject.
While attending the University of British Columbia Okanagan to obtain a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree, I was encouraged to produce abstract and conceptual artwork. I struggled with the conflicting desire to please my professors and to remain loyal to the type of artwork that I felt passionate about producing. I focused on learning different techniques and mediums such as graphic design, installation sculpture, and abstract representation. I attended the University of Victoria and obtained a Teaching Certificate, after which I took a contract in London, England, teaching Secondary School Visual Arts.
Life in London began to rekindle my spark of creativity. I was continuously surrounded by aesthetically beautiful masterpieces, from paintings and sculptures, to architectural structures. Seeing live the works of master artists, such as Delacriox, da Vinci and Michelangelo, empowered my passion to create the artwork that I loved.
I returned to Canada with the desire to establish ...