Since I have started painting, I have watched the focus of my interests develop and change. In the beginning, my narrative was reflected off of my own internal world — like my love for operatic tragedy and ironic melodrama, but more often my work is influenced by outside forces — like society’s class struggles. I still like to cut loose with the quirky characters who are very tragic and upset and heartbroken, but my interest in the combative forces that ravage the rabble are starting to take a more prominent stage in my inspiration. I think that overall the references are still very vague, but the inspiration is different.
The core of what I do has always been rooted in drawing, and the design aspect is closely followed by color. At first, I used the watercolors as a way to finish the drawings, but as time has gone by I have continued to develop a technique that compliments the drawings more. In addition to the painting, I am starting to make and sell prints of select pieces, and blog about my experiences. These things come in addition to my job in the animation industry, where I have spent the past many years working on various television productions. My continual struggle with my love/hate relationship with day job fuels my imagination — and I always have many sketches that are waiting to be painted stashed away.
I live in the city of Toronto Canada, with my husband Ben — who is also an artist. We have a Chihuahua named Maude — she is the perfect companion in the studio, and an avid art critic. All three of us like to visit local galleries, explore the city together, and watch zombie movies on the weekends.
As of this moment, I am not accepting commissions. Right now, my focus is on working on paintings for shows in the future, but I'll put out the word when I'm ready to accept commissions again.