I am a contemporary outsider artist who believes in the healing properties of the natural environment. I paint landscapes in abstract as an expression of my connection with nature and its ability to provide me peaceful inspiration. As organisms on this earth I believe we are interconnected with nature and highly interdependent.
But as the psycho-social environment we live in today gets ever increasingly complex its effects on us are becoming more pervasive, corroding and sophisticated. However the energy, peace and serenity of our natural surroundings can provide a way of grounding our senses and healing our minds. I try to capture the interrelationship between my mind and nature as I see and feel it; it’s an expression of my soul captured on a physical medium and in a point in time. Going through the process in itself contributes to balance.
Driven by my own lived experience, I am a self proclaimed arts-based advocate for mental health and strive to demystify and eliminate stigma around these issues. Within this social cause I have been expanding my creative expressions; this includes, writing, performance music and poetry. My initiatives in this regard include being the Vancouver Caucus leader for the Artist Alliance for Mental Health, a collective member (2010) of the artist-run mental health advocacy creative center: Gallery Gachet in Vancouver and the Producer and Host of Sound Therapy Radio an arts and mental wellness show on CJSF 90.1 FM and on VCommunty TV which broadcasts on Shaw Cable 4 Vancouver. I have a true belief in human potential and in the statement; ‘art is a means for survival’.