I have always been fascinated by stories. They offer more than escape, launching explorations into the human (or inhuman) condition, taking us elsewhere, and offering powerful insights into others and ourselves. These insights can improve empathy in a world of deeply fractured societies, opening minds and hearts, in addition to bringing us pure entertainment.
In a previous life, this love of stories drove me to be a writer, yet I have always “seen” scenes from my stories in my mind. This tendency helps me describe scenes in my fiction, but I wanted to take things a step further. In my multi-disciplinary visual art practice, I seek to evoke stories through sculpture, mixed media painting, drawings, and illustration. At times these stories are explicit, blending my history as a writer with my art when I produce comics and illustrations. My current works in this vein stem from pieces I wrote previously, ones which created especially vivid imagery in my head. Themes in these works include loss, found family, and survival, often with an undertone of humor. At other times, my hope is to inspire stories in my viewers. In order to accomplish this, I hope to create a sense of mystery and intrigue, inviting the viewer to speculate and fill in the context.
As I complete my Introductory Fine Art Techniques certificate at Emily Carr University and challenge myself further by taking additional coursework, I hope to improve my ability to invoke a little magic and transport people to another place, if just for a little while. I hope, too, to open a door into the workings of our own minds and bring a bit more understanding to us all.