Where are you from and what sort of child were you?
I was born and raised in the small prairie town of Prelate, Saskatchewan - population 400. I was a dreamer - quiet and introverted with a tremendous thirst for reading.
Describe your work in three sentences or less.
My paintings depict the beauty and vitality of aging human bodies and challenge viewers to consider the stereotypes and taboos that our society has toward the elderly.
Was there a pivotal moment in your past where you discovered 'your' work?
A pivotal moment was observing the beauty of my 96-year-old Mother's skin and spirit as she lay close to death. I was transfixed.
Tell us something about yourself that would surprise us.
My fascination with the human body stems from a period at aged fifteen when I underwent spinal surgery for scoliosis and spent a year in a body cast. I was left with a crooked spine, but also with an acute awareness of how our society views physical beauty and how that influences self-esteem, particularly in females.
How do you overcome a creative block?
I go to my studio and just sit. I put on music. I look around. And eventually, I start playing.
If you could give advice to your 20-year-old self, what would it be?
I would tell my 20-year-old self to dream bigger.
What is your fantasy project for the BOLDER ARTISTS COLLECTIVE?
Hmm- great question! My dream for the BOLDER ARTISTS COLLECTIVE would be to receive a huge Canada Council Grant and then to have a retrospective exhibition in the National Gallery of Canada!