As an 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, delving into and expressing these emotions in mosaic art is both therapeutic and freeing. My mosaic style is contemporary and in my work I try to express these emotions in an abstract or 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 both the love for art, and a bit of talent, from my family that includes 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.