Biography

I am a multi-disciplinary artist. My projects are diverse. They are based collaboration and an exchange of ideas.

I have created artworks on multicultural issues and environmental concerns. I have used a variety of materials including steel, video, photography and paint to realize my ideas. My finished works encourage inquiry about our role in the world and the changes that will make it a better place.

I have completed 4 public art commissions, within budget and on time. I was one of nine artists invited to create a work for The International Sculpture Garden in Hamilton ON (2014). A steel scope that is an ironic twist on the old tourist viewfinder was installed on a river promenade in the Calgary (2010). My first photographic work was a commission for the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton (2010). It is 48 feet in length and develops notions of cultural fragmentation and engagement. My first public art work was a 90 foot sectional painting in a recreation centre in north Calgary (2004), also with community engagement.

I have good references from each site which are available upon request.

In the past, I have been shortlisted for the Toronto Pearson Airport International Airport, the Calgary International Airport and the NFL Conference Centre in Baltimore. My public art experience gained further depth when the City of Calgary invited me to participate on their public art juries.

My drawing and painting skills have culminated in a 20 year exhibition record across North America. New skills have been developed through scholarships and residencies, in science centers as well as art galleries. I have completed videos through scholarships (EMMEDIA) and since 2004 have been working with a handmade camera lens which was part a residency with the Telus Science Centre. In 2012 I was invited to a residency in Germany to research architectural art glass.

My most recent work is a temporal project. The impetus was civic despair and a SLAPP suit, which was eventually dismissed but caused anxiety in the community. Resource extraction in fragile areas of the headwaters created the imperative. In situ artworks and on site collaborations were moved through social media, print and online press to bring attention to water degradation and environmental issues in southern Alberta. In 2014 I was awarded an Art Advocacy Award through CARFAC.

I have been active in the arts community as a juror for artist run centres and community based groups and held executive positions in for many non-profit arts organizations in Alberta. I am currently on the Board of Directors for the Leighton Art Centre. I have been asked to give professional development talks for CARFAC. This has extended to become a speakers series independent of CARFAC but related to how art can affect the way that people think.

My paintings have been in the Toronto International Art Fair through Marcia Rafelman Fine Art in Toronto, ON since 2007. I am also represented by Abbozzo Gallery Toronto and Gibson Fine Art, Calgary. My paintings are in over 20 collections including Cenovus, CIBC, Deloitte, the Calgary Civic collection and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts collection. A photo based work is in the US Library of Congress. It was part of the exhibit Reactions, in a New York artist run centre, Exit Art Gallery and at the Williamson Gallery, Art Centre College of Design, Pasadena, CA. A full CV is available upon request.

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