What stories do we tell ourselves about our lives and our environment? I collect, categorize and display representations of the natural world and the language used to describe them: botanical, familiar, alien, native, naturalized, domestic, wild, lost, found, paradise, field... I work primarily on paper and with collected objects and printed ephemera in related but distinct projects. In my life and work

I am always trying to come to an understanding of my relationship to, and responsibility for this place we call home. This is my story.

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Mexican studio 2018

I grew up collecting in the woods and along the shores of Lake Ontario. After pursuing an undergraduate focus in print, I worked at Toronto’s Open Studio for many years. As a master lithographer, I helped facilitate the prints of many prominent Canadian artists both in Toronto as well as Inuit artists in Kinngait (formerly known as Cape Dorset), Nunavut. My later MFA research brought my print expertise and thinking about collections together. I have received Ontario and Canada Council Grants to support my activities and participated in artist residencies in Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland; The Botany Library of the British Museum; St. Michael’s Printshop, St. John’s, Newfoundland; and Engramme, Quebec, P.Q. I have exhibited both solo and group exhibitions of my prints and collection projects. My work is included in public and private collections in Canada and abroad including Global Affairs Canada, The Canada Council Art Bank and The Toronto Stock Exchange. I divide my time between studios in Port Hope, Ontario and Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, Mexico. 

 

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