Photographer, artist, wife, mom, grandmom, daughter. Slightly goofy but serious. Opinionated. Sympathetic. Logically illogical. Actively using both sides of my brain, when I use it at all. Just trying to figure it all out, and making most of it up as I fumble my way through life.
Fine Art Alberta Photographer
"We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are."
– Anais Nin
Art, for me, is an escape giving me the freedom of discovery, play, learning, dreaming, and experimentation. I’ve never been able to keep a journal or diary. Words fail, but the visual language sings with the emotions I can’t otherwise express. I am not striving to capture reality in my images, I am striving to capture abstract thoughts, ideas, or moods. Whether it is with paint and canvas, the pencil, or camera, I treat art as a journey; and just like how I travel, every path is an adventure waiting to be discovered.
I was born in Calgary, Alberta. Although raised in the city, I spent as many of my weekends and holidays as possible with relatives in the ranching areas of southwestern Alberta where a deep love for western living and nature developed. Art was a major part of my life then. I took my first photograph with my dad’s camera when I was two. I sketched and painted too. As a child, it was rare to see me without a camera or sketchbook.
I studied photography in the late 1980′s, but then spent 14 years working with textiles. It is this work that ultimately lead me right back to photography, which led me back to painting. My work with textiles taught me a lot about color, texture, and form, which I am now able to use in my artistic practice. The use of color and texture led me to the Pictorialist photographers of the late 1800′s early 1900′s and their romantic, impressionist images which helped to shape the direction of my art today.
I am attempting to create impressions of our world, more so than literal translations. I want to enable viewers to interact with the images by creating their own stories. I want to know how a viewers past, upbringing, and social experiences help to shape their reactions with the images.
“The meaning is not in the object or person or thing, nor in the word. It is we who fix the meaning so firmly that, after a while, it comes to seem natural and inevitable. The meaning is constructed by the system of representation.”
- Stuart Hall