About

I was born in Quebec and grew up in an art-rich environment in the Laurentians and Montreal. At 22, I moved to British Columbia’s West Coast to go to graduate school and stayed on.

For more than 25 years I’ve been pursuing formal art studies to add to a lifetime of informal study. I also hold a BA and MA.

Before turning to a full-time art practice, I was a professional writer and editor, in effect working with language the way I now work with visual art forms: as a way to see, experience and better understand the world and my own small part in it. In many studio projects, I merge the two pursuits, devising ways to turn quoted passages—poetic, scientific, philosophic, salty—into 2D and 3D visual form.

I work from my light-filled home studio near the ocean and mountains in the Cowichan Valley, near Victoria, British Columbia.

Select Education and Skills Development

Credit courses: Vancouver Island School of Art, Victoria BC (since 2005): abstract colour and form, art history, collage and composition, colour theory, design principles, series development, painting (landscape, figure, still life, portrait, abstraction)

Workshops, mentorships, art residencies/retreats, etc:

  • Metchosin International Summer School of the Arts (since 2003): abstract and contemporary art concepts, 3D assemblage/sculpture, series development, hot glass sandcasting
  • Vancouver Island Art Workshops (since 2006): abstract mixed media, abstract painting, abstract design, abstract design masterclass
  • Collaborative Artist’s Mentorship Program (CAMP), Victoria BC (Connie Michele Morey)
  • Group coaching program, The Artist’s Mindset (Cheryl Taves, Insight Creative)
  • Joya Art Residency, Almeira, Spain [June 2024]
  • Isla Mujeres, Mexico, self-directed group art retreat, 2020 and 2023
  • Photojournalism course, Western Academy of Photography, Victoria BC (Ted Grant)
  • MA, University of Victoria, Victoria BC; BA (Honours), Concordia University, Montreal QC

Memberships Current and Past

  • Art Critique Program with contemporary artist Sara Robichaud
  • co-LAB-orate Art Crit group, Victoria BC
  • Cowichan Valley Arts Council
  • Victoria Arts Council
  • Zebra Arts Collective, Victoria BC

Exhibitions

  • Nov 2023-Jan 2024: Juried. Black and White: Contrasting Ideas and Realities. EJ Hughes Gallery/Excellent Frameworks, Duncan BC.
  • Dec 2023: December Members Show, Victoria Arts Council, VAC Gallery, Victoria BC
  • Sept-Nov 2023: Solo exhibition of works from project Caustic Optimism, Victoria Arts Council satellite venue, Oak Bay Public Library, Victoria BC
  • June-July 2023: Juried. Look Again: Photographic Art Show, ArtPod Gallery, Metchosin BC
  • May-June 2023: 53rd Cowichan Valley Fine Arts Show, Portals Gallery, Duncan BC
  • April-May 2023: Trifolia, three-person show, Gage Gallery, Victoria BC
  • Oct-Nov 2022: Juried. Ekphrasis, ArtPod Gallery, Metchosin BC
  • June 2022: 6 x 6 x 6, co-LAB-orate group show, Errant artSpace, Victoria BC
  • May 2022: 52nd Cowichan Valley Fine Arts Show, Portals Gallery, Duncan BC
  • April-May 2022: Solo exhibition, Room for Not Knowing, Chapel Gallery, Victoria BC
  • Oct 2021: Seen | Together, exhibition with Louise Oborne, Errant artSpace, Victoria BC
  • Aug 2021: Interlude, five-member group show, Errant artSpace, Victoria BC
  • July-Aug 2021: Juried. 35th Sooke Fine Arts Show, Sooke BC
  • May 2021: 51st Cowichan Valley Fine Arts Show, Portals Gallery, Duncan BC
  • Feb-March 2021: Juried. 9th biennial Ladysmith Fine Arts Show, Ladysmith BC
  • July 2020: Juried. Summer Show, Victoria Arts Council, VAC Gallery, Victoria BC
  • May 2020: 50th Annual Fine Arts Show, Portals Gallery, Duncan BC (Hon. Mention award)
  • April 2020: Juried. UNTIL online gallery (Issue 4), Victoria Arts Council, Victoria BC
  • Nov 2019: In Light of Winter, Zebra Art Collective group show, Chapel Gallery, Victoria BC