I was born in South West Saskatchewan and raised on a rural farm, where the inspiration of the prairie landscape lead me to create beautiful things in my spare time. This interest in the art culture allowed me to land my first “real” job as a summer student at the Grand Coteau Heritage and Cultural Centre in 2010, where getting first-hand experience fueled my desire to further educate myself. I didn't realize it at the time, but this position led me to be interested in both my artistic and professional practice.
I graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in the Bachelor of Fine Arts program, where I have discovered my artistic identity as a painter. 2014 marks my graduating year. My art could be described as simply, juxtaposition; I play with themes of complementary colours, harsh line work versus soft imagery, and unnatural colours for natural things in my work. Textures and layering of colour define my work, and a concept I continue to develop and change.
In the fall of 2016 I started a Graduate Certificate Program at Fleming College in Cultural Heritage Conservation Management; I will be learning a wide range of techniques to protect and conserve fragile cultural objects for future generations to enjoy. My skills developed in the arts allowed me work on my hand-eye coordination, colour matching, and handling techniques. My experience working in museums developed my appreciation for the staff, the community, and the collections that are housed. My goal is to work with smaller museums as an advocate for conservation; to aide them take care of their collections through staffing, funding, and education.
Sadly not my artwork, but this piece was at the MOMA in New York when I visited in 2015.