Duration: Five years.
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Education: BFA with honors in illustration, Sheridan College, Oakville, Ontario, Canada.
Approach: I work almost exclusively with traditional materials and only use digital for the final cleanup or layout of projects that ask for it. I am hopelessly in love with the tactile feeling of painting on paper and making consequential marks without an undo button. I lean heavily into spontaneity, accidents and directional changes in my process, and I don’t spend a lot of time planning.
Cultural influences: Folklore, storytelling, mythology, animals, Tarot, the occult—combined with strong, passionate emotions.
Favorite projects: Recently, I completed a fourteen-foot-long wooden sculpture of a running, prismatic wolf for the 2020 Vancouver Pride Festival, which embodied the fluid, ever-evolving nature of identity and the liberating essence of being queer. I designed, painted and sculpted the wolf out of laser-cut wood with help from Willow and Stump Design Co. in Vancouver. It was my first experience translating my work into sculpture and my largest project in scope to date. What’s more, it was entirely built around themes that are very important to me personally.
Work environment: I work out of a shared studio called SPACE in East Vancouver. It’s an open-concept, workshop-style space that’s occupied by artists of multiple disciplines from illustration to painting to puppet making to Japanese printmaking.
Aspirations: I try not to place too many expectations on the future that lock me in to set paths, because my interests change too frequently. I only ever want to be doing work that feels authentic to myself and fun to make in the process. I move where the wind takes me! That said, I have always wanted to do work for live concert visuals.
Philosophy: Working with real people for real organizations that use their leverage to connect back to the communities they work within. Not compromising my integrity to cash a check. Don’t think; just do.
Anything else? I’ll gladly paint a portrait of your dog.