ABOUT

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photograph by Magnolia Design Studio

As a self-taught artist, I'm always exploring different mediums, though I work mainly in oils, charcoal, and graphite, and in the Contemporary Realist or Contemporary Figurative styles.

 

Human beings fascinate me with their creativity and complexity. In my work, I attempt to capture my subjects' humanity or desires in their intimate moments, enhanced visually by dramatic lighting and storytelling. I explore the ways people transform and express themselves, and the ways in which people choose to follow, or not follow, society’s rules and expectations—especially regarding gender roles—and how they find happiness and authenticity in their lives despite living in a society with traditions or beliefs which they may not share. These contemplations have been on my mind since I was very young.

Each piece I create is either born of a pre-conceived idea or concept, which I’ve arranged and organized until I’ve fully expressed what I wanted to convey, or of moments that I’ve organically stumbled upon and felt compelled to recreate and make eternal. 

I chased the elusive mastery of my artistic abilities from the time I was a young child until I completed high school, putting it aside for twenty years after a decision to pursue Graphic Design, a short-lived distraction, with the understanding that being an artist was not a feasible career. I was gifted my grandfather’s paints and brushes in 2018 and began the chase again. I have been learning the craft on my own through practice and reading ever since.

I'm highly influenced by the various moods, textures, and themes conjured by music, fashion, and movies, as well as by historical masters like Rembrandt, Degas, Gericault, Klimt, and The Wyatts, and contemporary masters like Bo Bartlett, Kehinde Wiley, and Margaret Bowland.

EXHIBITIONS

2021

Pride & Joy, Art Gallery of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario

Thirty Six by Forty Eight Show, Nancy Johns Gallery, Windsor, Ontario

QUEEN FOR A DAY, Windsor, Ontario, SOLO SHOW

Summer Heat Annual Exhibition, ACWR, virtual show

Music/Man, 33 Contemporary, virtual show

International Women's Day Postcard Pop UP Show, 33 Contemporary, virtual show

 

2020

Good Things Come In Small Packages, 33 Contemporary, virtual show

2020 Square Foot Show, Westland Gallery, London, Ontario

147th Annual Open Juried Art Exhibition, Ontario Society of Artists (OSA), virtual show

The Poppy Art Campaign, The Art Incubator & Coulter's, Windsor, Ontario

Thirty x Forty Show, Nancy Johns Gallery, Windsor, Ontario

Art & Chill: Quarantine Exhibition, Nancy Johns Gallery, virtual show

2019

Conceal/Reveal, Nancy Johns Gallery, Windsor, Ontario

Twenty x Thirty Show, Nancy Johns Gallery, Windsor, Ontario

Publications

#hashtag Art Magazine, "Sex, Drugs & Rock n' Roll" feature, May 2021

#hashtag Art Magazine, "Music/Man" feature, March 2021