I am an emerging mixed media abstract painter working with collage and acrylic on wood panels. I live in East Vancouver, gratefully working out of the iconic Parker Street Studios. I am self-taught, strengthening my practice by taking numerous courses and workshops. My work is whimsical and full of colour and texture, informed by my personal journeys at home and abroad.

I used to never think I was creative. I have a Bachelor of Science and worked for 24 years as a respiratory therapist, first in intensive care and then running clinical trials. I worked with many patients who were terminally ill and they and their families taught me to find joy in the little things of every day.

20 years ago I bought my first SLR camera and then met my husband, a professional photographer, a year later. We quickly started working together and I would have never imagined that I would have a second career as a professional photographer.

Painting had been a secret dream of mine for a very long time but I never found the time to regularly paint until the pandemic hit. I'm vulnerable to COVID-19 and could only work from home until I was vaccinated. As luck would have it, I had just gotten a studio a few months before the pandemic started. At first I felt very isolated and lost until I understood that this period had given me a unique chance to paint my time away.  Starting my first series of paintings during the pandemic was cathartic for me on many levels.

Now my painting practice is an integral part of my life. It brings me joy, it soothes me when I'm upset and it helps work through and find the moments of delight in the challenges of life.