Born in Ottawa, Canada in 1968, I knew early on that I wanted to become an artist. At a time when most Canadian families were investing in a cottage by a lake, my parents decided to take their family on a trip of a lifetime throughout Europe. I was nine at the time. Although I may not have understood the scope of history of what we were seeing, the experience left an indelible mark on my life. During this trip, without a doubt, it is the time we spent in Poland, my father’s homeland, that influenced me the most in my choice to become the artist I am today.
Since that initial trip, I returned to Europe to live in Sienna, Italy for four months as part of my associate degree from the Ontario College of Art and Design. More recently, I went back overseas to have the most rewarding experience of walking part of the pilgrimage of St.James in the north of Spain. The sites and scenes I took in along the way will be used as inspiration for my next series of work.
That trip to Spain was already a year ago. These days, I’m painting a special series based on some very special flowers found at a bog site in the East end of Ottawa. These little flowers are like nothing I’ve ever seen before. They are miniature, kind of spindally with incredibly rich colours from pale green to deep maroon. I think they have been around for a million years! They totally look prehistoric! Anyways, I hope you enjoy the paintings that come from this odd and beautiful place.