|Self Portrait: mixed media on Paper|
Working in a variety of media, my explorations in pastel, acrylic, encaustic and collage have led to the inevitable mixing of media. Traditional tools, supplemented with digital technology, stretch the possibilities for my images. Each painting starts with a photograph, drawing or a combination, and a piece of music. The backgrounds are painted intuitively, the soundtrack providing the inspiration. I use whatever tool strikes me in the moment: sometimes paint is applied with a brush, but often it is my hands, a kitchen utensil, or something improvised. The photograph is used for reference as the form emerges from the background, final touches adding the details to the figure.
I have a BA from the University of Waterloo, and currently reside in Mississauga, Ontario.