I met Lacey one year ago. I was and still am mesmerized by her strange beauty. That strangeness is of course relative. With bright neon pink hair, piercings, tattoos from head to toe and tough thug-like attire, she manages to pull-off a severe punk princess. She works retail in an art store that I manage in Westmount, here in Montreal. We quickly became friends and I wanted to give myself the challenge of painting her sweet and almost childlike preciousness, despite her decorated armor. I hoped to capture her vulnerability in a moments’ breath. I asked her to wear what she was most comfortable in and the painting began. Having had the opportunity to really get to know her, I aspired to sync the person I know well, with the exterior that others see.
Concordia University, MFA painting and drawing, Montreal, Quebec
NSCAD University, BFA print media, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Dawson College, DEC (fine arts) Montreal, Quebec
Warren G. Flowers Gallery, Montreal, Quebec: Consuming Defeat
McClure Gallery, Montreal, Quebec: Defeating Victory
Argyle Fine Art, Halifax, Nova Scotia: After the Ever After
Marché St-Jaques, Montreal, Quebec: Les Refusés
Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida: Tallahassee International
Marion McCain Atlantic Art Exhibition, Beaverbrook Gallery, Fredericton, N.B
2nd Prize, Tallahassee International, Florida State University Museum
Honourable Mention: Self-Portrait, Rolling Meadows, Illinois
Special Prize: Lessedra Miniprint International 2003: Sofia, Bulgaria
Ian Shatilla Studio, Instructor in self-employed painting school.
Teacher, Visual Arts Center, Montreal, Quebec.
Manager, Avenue des Arts, Montreal, Quebec.