As a contemporary mosaic artist, I am inspired by the wide range of emotions - love, anger, happiness, sadness, hope and despair - that affect people's physical, mental, and emotional well-being. For me personally, exploring and expressing these emotions in mosaic is both therapeutic and freeing. My style is innovative and abstract, and so in my work I try to express our emotions in a nonrepresentational way, thereby allowing you, the viewer, to connect with and relate to each piece in your own way.
Art has always been a part of my life. I am lucky to have inherited the love and a little bit of talent from my family who are ceramists, architects, painters, commercial designers, sculptors and photographers.
My own art education began when I was 15 with informal art classes in Rosèmere, Quebec. My teacher, Maryanne Anderson, was a wonderfully eccentric artist in her 70’s who introduced me to different media, including oils, acrylics, pastels, and pen & ink. I have a minor in Fine Arts from Concordia University in Montreal where I studied painting, drawing, art history, and art education.
In 2004, I left the corporate world and took a mosaic class where I discovered the wonder of mosaic art. From the very first class, I was hooked, and within a few weeks I had my own studio at home. I love picking colours and materials, choosing and preparing a substrate, and placing each tessera just so, as the design grows with each new piece added.
I am totally enamored by the beauty of glass and its extraordinary characteristics – colour, texture, reflectivity, transparent or opalescent, its strength and fragility. I use different types of glass – stained, smalti, vitreous, mirror, recycled - in combination with other materials and textures to explore the effects of light reflected upon a surface.