Having spent 30 years as an award winning Sculptor and Jeweler; I think it is from those years of working with the conceptual thought process of creating 3D work, and being inspired by the physical-space of sculpture that has formed the way that I see when I paint.
I am inspired by people and animals. I have lived on farms and ranches most of my life so I have very often had a close-up view of the lifestyles of our precious wildlife. Often I find these animals that I have gotten to know and understand emerging on my canvas.
Since I met my first horse at age three, I have been Horse Crazy… and living most of my life in horse country Alberta has certainly affected how I can express myself and explore the imagery of the horse and the use of gemstones through our current culture and through history.
Whether painting or sculpting or creating jewelry, I integrate semi precious and precious gemstone, and precious metals. Sometimes I even use “mountain rocks” if they fit the piece intended. I enjoy the journey of each artwork with unexpected colour harmonies, expressive brush strokes, lines, gravity pulled drips and seemingly accidental abstract marks which pull together into a beautiful unexplainable image. By using gemstones, reflection and texture on an actual physical surface, I can create an “indescribable feel” in art that communicates something beyond words, engaging the viewer.