Ever noticed letting go of the unnecessary is hard to do? Hans Hofman said, “To simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak”. That’s what I work toward when I paint: simplicity; a glimpse of peace.Born in the Alberta foothills, I’ve lived in Montreal, Chicago, Canmore and Victoria BC. Gratefully, I now live in the foothills again – my soul place.I worked at The Banff Centre for three years in the Visual Arts Department. I received a commission from Viscount Devonport, Northumbria UK. I then worked for six years as Art Curator for philanthropist W. Brett Wilson of FirstEnergy Capital Corp. I’ve taught university, in communities and 1:1.Nature is my inspiration, joy and solace. I want to share this as simply – as powerfully – as I can.It’s important to me to eliminate the illusion of perfectly defined space by making the edges of my paintings irregular and imperfect. In nature, there is no straight-edged frame around our field of vision. There is just perfect imperfection. These edges are a bow to Rothko, but are also my own symbol of interconnectedness. (At heart, it may also be my way of saying, “Don’t fence me in!”)So that the necessary may speak, I wrestle my intellect out of the way and encourage my hands to work intuitively. While there is a place for formal art training, it’s not the only way art gets made. I believe everyone is creative. The hardest part is just to access our true nature.Bachelor of Fine ArtsUniversity of CalgaryFull scholarship:Master of Fine ArtsUniversity of VictoriaPublication:Design Synectics, Nicholas RoukesHoughton Mifflin, NY
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