I am a contemporary abstract painter; acrylics, collage, mixed media, design cut outs from handmade Japanese papers. My first career was as a classical ballet dancer, but due to circumstances I had to discover another way to express myself and start a new career path.
Creative expression is a need for survival; for me it is greater than passion or love. I like to refer to my creations as experiential art as this need originated from discoveries I have made through life’s toughest lessons. This is my therapy; a way to untangle the complexities of being me. Confronting truths and being honest to me requires courage, determination, discipline and heart. Awareness and acknowledgement, taking risks and learning create a nurturing environment for me to be healthy emotionally psychologically and physically. I believe it to be miraculous that I have been given the chance to continue on journeying and living; there is freedom in ‘love’ and I choose to connect, give, support, and share with you and the world my intimate life experiences.
Thoughts about art and community:
As with any city there are pros and cons, having lived in many major cities throughout my life I feel Toronto is accepting of varieties of cultures and customs. I feel at times the introverted personality of the city can be to its detriment; I wish it were more friendly and open to those not in the 'scene'. There are many good causes to be a part of as an artist but as with everyone else I need to make a living and this can be difficult in Toronto. I believe it is still a very young city developing and trying to find an identity, one step at a time as the city evolves it can only improve and move forwards; this I am interested and committed.