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STATEMENT, BIO & EXPERIENCE

STATEMENT 

I am a Toronto-based visual artist interested in genuine, supportive relationships and the goodwill that holds people together. My exploratory painting practice is a way to search for meaning in my relationship to self, others, and our precious planet.

I tell a new kind of story by painting an imaginary, inclusive, and hopeful world. I reinvent the figure in diverse ways, varying their degree of abstraction, diminishing barriers between them and equalizing them to their essential humanity. I positively reframe distance with closeness, vulnerability with strength and transience with permanence. In my purely abstract work, I explore the concept of connecting, or I use a bird's eye view to explore communal meeting places, where human interaction is implied rather than represented.

Paintings aim to raise questions and invite viewer completion. I paint in layers of mixed water media and oil that are abstracted and intuitive. I experiment by joining together source material. I use symbolic, expressive colour and connecting processes like paste, blend, merge and share.         

 

                                                  

BIO

Born and raised in New Zealand, I graduated with Honours in painting from Auckland University. I have a vibrant exhibition history and have enjoyed teaching roles and residencies in New Zealand and Canada. A highlight of my teaching career was running an independent art school for ten years. I am grateful to exhibit, paint commissions, volunteer in my art community, and jury shows. I have many paintings in international private, corporate and public collections, including hospitals, community spaces, and care facilities.

In my free time, I enjoy biking all over Toronto, especially on the bustling city streets, through the beautiful green spaces, and along the lakeshore. As I ride, I observe and sketch Toronto communities in all their diversity. I'm inspired by happy crowds and cohesive groups, working, playing, and supporting one another.

 

EXPERIENCE

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

  • July 2012 "Artist Ranch Project" Calgary Stampede Western Showcase, AB, Canada
  • June 2012 "All I Count is Here and Now" Framed on Fifth Gallery, AB, Canada
  • Dec 2011 "Coloured Connections" Space 837 Gallery, AB, Canada
  • Oct 2011 "Bird Whisperer" Paradigm Health, AB, Canada
  • May 2003 "Liminal" Auckland University Medical School, Auckland, New Zealand
  • July 2002 "Holding Together" Auckland University Medical School, Auckland, New Zealand
  • Aug 2001 "Art Goes Mainstreet" University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand

 

JURIED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

  • Nov 2022 "Life Doesn't stand Still" Lesliegrove Gallery Toronto ON Canada
  • July 2022 "TOAF - "Toronto Outdoor Art Fair" online and in person Nathan Phillips Square Toronto ON Canada
  • June 2022 "Riverdale Art Walk" Riverdale Park 872 Queen St East Toronto ON Canada
  • May 2022 "Bayview Art Tour" Art Alchemy Studio Toronto ON Canada 
  • Apr 2022 "Our World, The Worry and The Wonder" Lesliegrove Gallery Toronto ON Canada
  • Apr 2022 "RAW Toronto" Fountainblu Exhibition Center Toronto ON Canada
  • Mar 2022 "Pi Art Squared" Art Alchemy Studio Toronto ON Canada 
  • Feb 2022 "Plus One" Lesliegrove Gallery Toronto ON Canada
  • Dec 2021 "Open Studio" Art Alchemy Studio Toronto ON Canada
  • Nov 2021 "Inspired by the Arts" Leslie Grove Gallery Toronto ON Canada
  • Sep 2021 "Artwalk in the Square" Outdoor Show Don Mills Rd Toronto ON Canada
  • Aug 2021 "Riverdale Art Walk" Riverdale Park 872 Queen St East Toronto ON Canada
  • Jul 2021 "Salon des Refuse" Leslie Grove Gallery Toronto ON Canada
  • Jun 2021 "Opening Our Doors" Leslie Grove Gallery Toronto ON Canada
  • Jun 2021 "Riverdale Art Walk" Riverdale Park 872 Queen St East Toronto ON Canada
  • Feb 2021 "Big Bold Risk "Leslie Grove Gallery Toronto ON Canada
  • Feb 2021 "V is for Volunteer" Leslie Grove Gallery Toronto ON Canada
  • Dec 2011- Mar 2012  Annual "Branching Out" Willow Studio Gallery Calgary AB Canada
  • Oct 2011 "Grand Reopening" Willow Studio Gallery Calgary, AB Canada
  • Jul-Sep 2011 "Summer in the Park "Annies Calgary AB Canada
  • Apr 2011 "Red Carpet Friday" Willow Studio Gallery, Calgary, AB Canada
  • Apr 2011 "An Evening at the Ranch" The Ranch Calgary AB Canada
  • Feb 2011 "Chromacode - Three artists, 30 works" Bissett Gallery Mount Royal University Calgary AB Canada
  • Feb 2011 "Branching Out" Willow Studio Gallery Calgary AB Canada
  • Nov 2010 "Duo" The Ranch Calgary AB Canada
  • Sep 2008-Sep 2011 "Annual Eastside Studio Crawl" Calgary AB Canada
  • Sep 2007 "Under One Roof Instructor's Show" Calgary AB Canada
  • Jul 2007 "Summer Solstice Exhibition" Calgary AB Canada 
  • Nov 2006 "Studio and Bohemian Extravaganza" Triangle Gallery Calgary AB Canada
  • Sep 2006 "Under One Roof Instructor's Show" Calgary AB Canada
  • Nov 2005 "Studio and Bohemian Extravaganza" Triangle Gallery Calgary AB Canada
  • Oct 2005 "Art.clek.Tik Instructor's Show" Calgary AB Canada
  • Apr 2005 "Panel for Saskatchewan Centennial Royal Mural Mosaic Royal Alberta Museum Edmonton AB Canada
  • Nov 2004 "Triangle Art Show" Triangle Gallery Calgary AB Canada
  • Sep 2004 "Promenade Instructor Show" North Mount Pleasant Arts Center Calgary AB Canada 
  • Nov 2003 "Senior Painting Exhibition" The Art Station Gallery Auckland New Zealand
  • Nov 2003 "Graduate Show" Elam School of Fine Arts University of Auckland Auckland New Zealand
  • Oct 2003 "Painting Show" Aotea Center Gallery Auckland New Zealand
  • Feb 2003 "Tutors Exhibition" Mairangi Art Center Gallery Auckland New Zealand
  • Nov 2002 "Annual Art Exhibition" Westlake Girls Auckland New Zealand
  • Sep 2002 "Annual North Shore Art Awards" Mairangi Art Center Gallery Auckland New Zealand
  • Sep 2002 "Annual Art Show" Baradene Auckland New Zealand
  • Aug 2002 "The Whale" Union Warehouse Auckland New Zealand
  • Jul 2002 "Art Fusions" Babich WInes Baradene Auckland New Zealand
  • Jun 2002 "Artworks" Mairangi Art Center Gallery Auckland New Zealand
  • Feb 2002 "Tutors Exhibition" Mairangi Art Center Gallery Auckland New Zealand
  • Sep 2001 "Small Works" Mairangi Art Center Gallery Auckland New Zealand
  • Jun 2001 "Printmaker's Guild Contemporary Art Show" Auckland New Zealand
  • Feb 2001 "North Shore Printmakers Collaborative Show" Auckland New Zealand
  • Jan 2001 "Summer Arts" Whakatane Community Arts Council Whakatane, New Zealand
  • Nov 2000 "The Annual Elam Painting Exhibition" University of Auckland School of Fine Arts Auckland, New Zealand
  • Apr 2000 "Members Exhibition" Mairangi Arts Center Gallery Auckland, New Zealand
  • Feb 2000 "Shift" Arts Desire Gallery Warkworth New Zealand
  • Feb 2000 "Intaglio Prints" Art by the Sea Gallery Auckland, New Zealand

 

PUBLIC COMMISSIONS 

  • Bow Valley Artist Garden Permanent Exhibition, Fish Creek Provincial Park, Calgary, AB, Canada
  • Mount Royal University, Calgary, AB, Canada
  • Trek Financial and Valuation Advisors, Calgary, Canada
  • Mercy Parklands Hospital, Auckland, New Zealand 
  • Wellington Cathedral, Wellington, New Zealand 
  • South Auckland Health, Auckland, NZ
  • Waikari Hospital, Dunedin, New Zealand


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE 

  • 2022 Nov, Juried into Federation of Canadian Artists, Toronto Chapter, Active Membership
  • 2022 Oct, Juried into Federation Of Canadian Artists, Active Membership 
  • 2022 Aug, Artscape Summer Residency - "Luminous Bodies" Toronto, ON Canada
  • 2022 June, Haliburton Advanced Painting Practice, Haliburton ON Canada
  • 2020-2022, Studio Artist and Commission Paintings, Toronto ON Canada
  • 2014-2019, Commissioned Paintings and Restoration, Docent at SMoCA, Canal Convergence Public Art Volunteer, Phoenix, AZ, USA
  • 2011 Aug, Artist Ranche Project Residency - Bar U Ranche, Longview, AB, Canada
  • 2005-2011, Artist in Residence in multiple schools, Calgary, AB, Canada 
  • 2005-2014, Art Director and Visual Arts Instructor, Tuatara Studios, Calgary, AB Canada
  • 2004-2009, Visual Arts Instructor, City of Calgary, AB, Canada 
  • 2003-2004, Volunteer TRUCK and Triangle Galleries, Calgary, AB, Canada
  • 2000-2003, Fine Arts Tutor, Mairangi Art Centre, Auckland, New Zealand
  • 2000-2004, BFA Painting (Honours) Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand

 

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