For decades I have been told I must choose: “Be a painter or a photographer or a writer.” Fortunately, I have not listened. I am a visual and literary artist, an author, documentary filmmaker, curator, and inspirational public speaker and teacher. I thrive in pushing the boundaries of traditional approaches to making art and living our best lives. Across my many creative roles, the overarching connection in my work is that of storytelling.
Narrative is crucial in my art. I believe that even when there is no answer to a question, the search is transformative. In sharing stories through my work, I have been honoured to connect with others, a process which invites them to be vulnerable themselves. I often invite individuals and groups into the art-making process through collaboration. Creativity is the language which facilitates all this, expressing the sometimes inexpressible qualities of the human experience.
Themes in my work include hope, transformation, connection, nature, healing, and resiliency. My approach begins with a concept in which I let the materials that move me become central. I paint, create fine art photographs, build wood sculpture and wall-based sculptural art, write prose and poetry – and frequently combine these 2D & 3D materials, and literary art, in distinctive ways. Filmmaking brings together my diverse experience & education in unique and culturally relevant ways.