Hope you enjoy browsing through my work, old and new...
NEWS: taking a break over the holidays! Come the new year, I will start working on a new series, inspired by my recent trip to Guatemala.
Based in Toronto and Hillsburgh, Ontario, I am a mostly self-taught artist. Breathing new life into old stuff is my passion. Stuff that is unused, unwanted, discarded. I reclaim, reuse, recycle, upcycle stuff from friends, yard sales, the street, second-hand stores, my basement and wherever.
My relationship with this stuff is ambivalent: I am appalled by the over-consumption and planned obsolescence that produces it, but at the same time, I am inspired and excited by the art possibilities of stuff that would normally be thrown out or would languish in cupboards and basement nooks for next of kin to dispose of. I enjoy taking things apart (computers, cables, cell phones, electronic devices, watches, etc) to discover the treasures within.
With raw materials collected, I love playing with colour, shape, texture, exploring different techniques to create moods and to express my ideas in both playful and serious ways. And then…sometimes, I like to make art just for the hell-of-it!
I have been an amateur photographer for years and for a number of years I had a darkroom at home for black and white developing and printing. I went digital in the 1990's and have used Canon Powershot cameras since then.
My subjects have changed very little over the years....close-ups, landscapes, nature, flowers, abstracts. I love textures, zooming in on small parts of the visual field, manipulating images.