I am a painter and draughtswoman who makes art about grace, humanity and connection.
I work primarily from life and the human figure in oil and pencil, with occasional detours into still life.
As an adolescent, I struggled with chronic illness and spent the majority of my teenage years stuck in bed. As I learned to manage the pain and regain some energy, I vowed to myself that the rest of my life would be spent doing work that I loved, that I wouldn’t waste anymore time.
What did I Love?
Art. Always art.
My dad used to bring me art history books from the library as a kid. I fell in love with these images: these paintings and sculptures from another time that still spoke to me hundreds of years later.
And then when I was 16 years old, I saw my first Diego Velasquez painting in a Sister Wendy book. That was when I knew – I just wanted to make things like that, for the rest of my life.
When I was in my 20s, I was lucky enough to spend 2.5 years studying under Timothy Stotz and Nicole Michelle Tully at Studio Escalier in France. It was a transformative experience and gave me words to describe the hunger and yearning I had.
I have been in solo and group exhibitions across Canada, and my work hangs in private collections in North America and Europe. I was a finalist in the 2015 Kingston Prize, and received an honourable mention at Figureworks 2015. In June 2016, I received a culture grant from the City of Ottawa and am hard at work on a new body of work. During the summer of 2016, I was invited to demo portraiture for the Elisabeth Vigee-Lebrun exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada.
In October 2015, I opened The Drawing Room Studio, Ottawa’s only long pose life drawing studio. Twice a month, we have 2 day single pose workshops where artists can come and work from life in a peaceful, focused environment. In October of 2016, I will begin teaching classes and workshops at the studio as well.
At the moment, I live in Ottawa, Ontario with my husband, Jesse, a writer, and our three-legged rescue cat, Bishop.