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 in multi-disciplinary forms including writing, puppetry, storytelling performance music and poetry. As a grassroots artist and producer of community engaged events, I work many different groups who share similar values and who’s intent is to elevate for common good.
I am grateful to be doing my work on the unceded Coast Salish Territories also known as the greater Vancouver area in British Columbia, Canada. I am thankful to the teaching and sharing of arts and cultural ways with descendants of the original people of the land I walk.