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.
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, won first prize in the 2017 Artist’s Magazine Annual Competition for the figure/portrait category, as well as receiving a Certificate of Excellence in the 2017 Portrait Society of America’s International Competition. In June 2016, I received a culture grant from the City of Ottawa and am hard at work on a new body of work.
In October 2015, I opened The Drawing Room Studio, Ottawa’s only long pose life drawing studio. Here, I host monthly long pose life drawing sessions as well as teach classical figure drawing and painting in weekly classes and workshops.