In my art, I am constantly exploring the positives in my life, discovering tiny moments and influences that cumulatively help shape me and give me direction. We are the sum of our influences, people, places, events, art & music. We are all individually very unique sculptures ourselves.
In sculpture I recognize it is my hands that shape the piece but it is the combined experiences of my life and the nuances in the stone, positive and negative, that come together and create the spirit of the piece.
I draw energy from my heritage, ¼ Cree along with Norwegian, Scottish and British grandparents. With that awareness of who I am, I allow myself to tap into traditional native art forms along with European influences like Group of Seven, in particular Lawren Harris plus Emily Carr. I take that artistic spirit and energy and blend it with my spirit and energy to create an exciting and uniquely Canadian three dimensional forms.
Mixing that unique blend of influences that I am into my art seems to make a connection and recognition that translates well to who I am.