I began my first art classes in 1985. After a departure and professional career as a drafting technician for structural engineering, I pursued my initial dream and went back to art at Emily Carr in Vancouver. I continued studies in sculpture and jewelry and acquired a BFA from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax in 2001. I have had the opportunity to extend my training in bronze and stone sculpture through seminars in New York and Vermont.
I began showing in 1999 and have been involved in galleries as a showing artist and co-curator. I became entrenched in the arts community on Saltspring Island and was involved in art show organizing, fund-raising through art, craft markets, and informal art instruction for kids and youth. I ran a contemporary jewelry studio for 5 years and placed works in Vancouver Art Gallery Store and other 'art' jewelry stores in Vancouver. My choice of materials is almost always those which are very 'pure' and primary; stone, bone, and wood in combination with mixed metals.
I relocated to the interior 2 years ago to spend time in my hometown of Kamloops. During this year I immediately met many wonderful artists from the region. Recently, I have permanently settled in Lake Country and am looking forwards to getting familiar with local artists.
I am an enormous advocate for the arts, for it breathes life into every community on many levels. It is our job to challenge the marginalization of the artists and ensure that the galleries and art centers can operate as the heartbeat of their community. Art, like nothing else, is a gateway from which we may walk through, to experience our individuality, our universality, our humanity, and our infinity within finite parameters.