My artistic process is textile based, probably because my earliest artistic influence was my mother, who sewed and dressed me in fabulously coloured outfits. Dance training imprinted on me a deep need for creating energetic patterns through movement, and I have transposed this feeling of movement of my body in space to the movement of colour, shape and pattern through the medium of textiles, working in an improvisational way.
I have worked with gardens for many years, and that has also influenced my art work. The word paradise comes from the Persian word meaning walled garden, a perfect little universe. The garden is a symbol of unity and wholeness, and a well designed garden has the effect of creating harmony within. That is how I see my artwork; a textile garden, organized within the limits of the piece as a representation of the world, that embodies and creates a feeling of joy and harmony. Each piece has it’s own language, it’s own climate, it’s own weather.
I’m drawn to the idea that simplicity can be achieved through complexity. Like a mandala, created with an understanding of underlying principles, the viewer, taking the time to stop and meditate on the work, can realize unity and a state of balance. We are reminded of our relation to the infinite, that the world extends both beyond and within our bodies and minds.
I grew up in Toronto in an artistic family. From a young age I studied a variety of dance forms and later textiles and weaving in Toronto and Denmark. I’m a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design and was nominated for the Governor General’s Award. For many years I have worked as an award winning landscape and garden designer in Toronto. I have travelled extensively, and I currently live and work amongst the rural beauty of Warkworth, Ontario.
My studio is 10 min. north of Castleton and 5 min. south of Warkworth off County Rd. 25.
at 388 Pine Grove Rd.