What is your background?
I went to school for Interior Design and used to work as a Set Decorator in the film industry. Art has always been my home though. After losing my mom in 2011 to breast cancer, I stopped painting and drawing or pursuing any kind of art. But after some years of travelling and months in therapy, I was able to pick up a paintbrush again and rekindle my creativity. The collection I'm currently working on, "Nests" is exploring that dark time in my life: losing my mom, her lifelong battle with cancer, dealing with my grief, re-establishing my sense of home, and really just using art as a healing tool.
What does your work aim to say?
A lot of my inspiration comes from nature. I love hiking and gardening and spending time outside or at the cottage. In Canada, we have so many months of winter that I have to take advantage of the warm weather and soak up as much as I can. I feel relaxed in nature, like I can breathe freer, my thoughts aren't as frantic. I can just be. I want my work to reflect that and to elicit those feelings in others. My art is a healing mechanism for myself and I hope others can relate to that as well.
What are the obstacles that female artists still encounter today in regard to their art, or the fact it's made by a woman?
It can be difficult as a female artist to just give ourselves permission to create in the first place. In our society, women contribute to so many different things and play many different roles, we are constantly juggling. And art is a (primarily) solo activity where we need time and space and silence to create. Allowing ourselves this – slotting out a chunk of time for just ourselves – can seem self-indulgent or even selfish. But giving ourselves permission to take care of our inner child and to nourish our creative being is one of the greatest gifts we can give to ourselves.
Toronto - Canada