I am a multidisciplinary visual artist who is based in Toronto, Canada. In my artwork, I draw on my exposure to a variety of cultures, by using a mix of traditional media to experiment with line, colour and form, and to explore the boundaries between representation and abstraction.
I was raised on art, by a large family of artists and travellers. My father was a sculptor and a collector of traditional art, textiles and handcrafts. While other children played in more traditional ways, I spent my days perusing my father’s many art books he used as reference for his collections. They were full of traditional textiles, patterned lacquer boxes, carpets, and aboriginal art. I spent hours studying their pictures – something in their simple repetitive patterns always intrigued me.
As a child, I started sketching and doodling taking inspiration from those books. I found myself obsessed with drawing these patterns and creating my own. In my teenage years and young adult life, I studied history, international relations and foreign language education. For work and study I travelled to Asia, the Middle East and North Africa, documenting the patterns I encountered through out my travels.
Along the way I developed my artistic style. I’ve come to understand my art as a practice I use process my world – the places, experiences, thoughts, dreams, and patterns dancing in my head to bring observers into my mind, into the process and thus into themselves. My artwork is not only about the finished product – it’s about the process – travelling, observing, finding inspiration, engaging with my subject, interpreting it through lines, colours and shapes, and expressing it on paper to share it with the world.
In 2018, I moved back to Canada and enrolled in the Fine Arts Studio Diploma at Centennial College. This program enabled me to immerse myself in my artwork and Toronto’s vibrant artist community. Now that I have graduated, I continue to explore how I can contribute to this community and get my art out into the world.