I feel there is a passage to knowledge about ourselves through the exploration of one’s own art, dreams and the unconscious. The psyche holds a whole other realm to explore, while also trying to satiate my wanderlust for the physical world. The creation of art uniquely helps to anchor and bridge these two worlds, as well as rejuvenating the mind, body, and soul.
Interestingly, my photography is rooted in the real world, while my illustrations delve in to the imagination. As such, my present favourite mediums are travel photography full of rich landscapes, urban architectural details and inklings of the inherent past, and soft and dreamy watercolour paintings full of whimsical or fantastical characters reminiscent of children's stories and inner journeys. The former is prominent for me currently because such places evoke all manner of feelings when witnessing the stunning beauty of Mother Earth and deeply historical places. I wish to capture moments or scenes as I see and experience them on my travels, and to embody the vibrant colour inherent in nature and narratives, real or imaginary. My art may be uniquely unusual at times and certainly one of a kind in character. Through my photography and art, I truly wish to pay forward such feelings and flights of fancy to others by providing vibrant colour, inspiring wanderlust, as well as inducing a sense of whimsy and richness in people’s lives.A Little History about My Story:
My heart has always belonged to art and story, even as a wee thing daydreaming, dancing, writing imaginative tales, drawing fanciful unipegs and mermaids, and casually (and ironically) photographing my world in the moment. Evolving from this creative exploration and curious journey, my creations are often given life from my dreams and imagination, from fairy tales and mythology, and the mystical and emotive elements of the world and nature. A love for animals and nature developed from a blissful early childhood spent growing up on a hobby farm in the country before being ripped away to live in the city. Nevertheless, a deep-seated wanderlust arose and was fiercely ignited by my first trip abroad to Italy and Spain in my early teens, where my eyes were opened to this big, beautiful world we live in full of lush landscapes, rich histories, soul-inspiring art and artifacts, and such vibrant cultures.
From all of these layered discoveries, my work eventually came to reflect a layering of the human figure and nature or architecture together in surreal compositions back in the days of developing photographs from negatives (some of which will be seen here shortly). I discovered, late in the game, while at the Ontario College of Art and Design (now OCAD University) in Toronto where I obtained a Fine Arts degree, that I had a passion and unique style for photography.
It was also during these later university years that one special professor opened my eyes to Carl Jung and the work he did with dreams, art, and the unconscious. She went on to mentor me through self-directed studies examining and painting a series of work based on my dreams and another on various world fairy tale and folklore narratives. I fell in love with the depths of symbols, archetypes, imagination, and tales of the collective unconscious. Connecting with art and Jungian Psychology this way led me to later pursue a Graduate Art Therapy education and become an Art Psychotherapist. I practiced for 7 years until recently stepping back to once again focus on photography and illustration. And though I deeply miss working with some of the most endearing children and adults I've had the honour to get to know and to help guide through and heal life's greatest challenges, I welcome for myself the sheer joy, peace and wonderment that art brings to one's entire being once again!