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Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.
Pablo Picasso


This is an interview I did several years ago:

1. What inspires you and your art? (e.g. people, places, books, films, music, other artists, galleries, feelings, etc)

As a child I was encouraged to draw. By three my parents saw that I had an ability to draw and a passion to want to. They had a sick child and needed time. These things shaped why I started to create and why I am truly not happy unless I am doing it.

Drawing is definitely my passion. Over the years, I have learned to paint but drawing still plays a huge part in my art. I like to refer to myself as a ‘drainter’ as what I do is…

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  • Born on January 16
  • Joined January 5, 2007

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About

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.
Pablo Picasso


This is an interview I did several years ago:

1. What inspires you and your art? (e.g. people, places, books, films, music, other artists, galleries, feelings, etc)

As a child I was encouraged to draw. By three my parents saw that I had an ability to draw and a passion to want to. They had a sick child and needed time. These things shaped why I started to create and why I am truly not happy unless I am doing it.

Drawing is definitely my passion. Over the years, I have learned to paint but drawing still plays a huge part in my art. I like to refer to myself as a ‘drainter’ as what I do is a little of both.

They say write what you know, and I guess that goes for painting as well. I am a stay at home mother of two little girls and am constantly inspired by their beauty. We often have dress up photo shoots. It is wonderful. I want to capture their innocence, their joy, their fears and even their sadness. They remind me of being a child. I constantly walk the line of being joyful and being melancholy because that it is what having children is like to me. The evoke so may memories of being a child and the loss of that time, they also are a constant reminder of how precious life is and just how fleeting it is.

I am definitely have a morbidly dark side. I think it is funny that I am finally painting with a bright colourful palette and yet my subject matter are mainly children and viewers still see that melancholy darkness in my work. I just can’t get away from it. It is who I am and my paintings just reflect that.

First, I want to draw the viewer into the work with its beauty. I really do. It sounds so boring but first and foremost, I want my paintings to be aesthetically pleasing. I want you to fall in love, then to stay for the long haul. I want the story to emerge slowly.

I like to think of my paintings not unlike a book cover. I want them to make you stop and wonder what is on the inside. I want to intrigue the viewer so that they feel compelled to enter the subjects world.

Life is so bittersweet, I can’t help but portray that in my work. My subjects are often stoic and deep in thought. I want my viewer to question what they are thinking about. Often people fill in the blank with there own history. I love that . It really is more about the feelings and memories I can evoke rather than a specific message.

2. When you are working as an artist, do you have a specific approach or structure to your day to make it more effective, focussed or inspired?

I just try to do something everyday. The longer I stay away, the harder it is to get back into it. Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way really taught me that. I no longer journal everyday but I do try to paint every day. Even if it is just for fifteen minutes. It is amazing if you take that time, you are inspired to come back. It keeps the wheels turning.

3. Which other artists are your most inspiring influences? (ignore if you’ve already covered this in question #1)

I have always love certain artist work but over the last couple of years I have fallen in love all over again with Degas’ colour pallette, toulouse lautrec’ black line and Mary Cassat’s block prints. I love the Japanese influence on the impressionist work. The pallette of the Favists. I love paintings with patterns,fabric and texture. I love figurative painting. I love de Kooning’s choatic brush strokes and Picasso ‘s angular figures during his blue and rose period. Matisse’s ” Green Line’ painting. Emily Carr’s Totem pole” paintings. Guagan’s “The Yellow Christ” painting. Egon Scheile’s draftmanship. Klimt’s sense of design. Just writing this list takes my breath away. I am so in awe of the beauty that these artists have created.

Writers that have inspired me:

Julia Cameron, for inspiring me to come to the page even when I didn’t want to and reminding me to always remember to fill the well.
Elizabeth Gilbert, for inspiring me to start really living my life by sharing her adventure and making me laugh along the way.
Eckhart Tolle, for helping me quiet the ‘thoughts’ and for keeping me in the moment.



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