This self portrait was done from a mirror. I am wearing the grey sweater I wear everyday painting-my painting sweater- and a blanket I frequently have around my shoulders. I work in a basement studio and I get very chilled when I paint so this is a common image of me as a painter. The imagery I’ve chosen to set myself in comes from my study of Tarot. The imaginary setting is inspired by a practice of relating numerological information from our birthdates to tarot imagery. This combination of painting from imagination and from observation is of particular interest to me as I am fascinated by the different kinds of sight –physical, imagination, spiritual, symbolic and the illusions of them all. It was finally very important for me to have done the portrait smiling to express my joyful state of inner peace.
Born – 1965 – Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary, Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting
Alberta College of Art, Calgary, Diploma in Painting
Mezzanine Gallery, the University of Calgary
Medicine Hat Cultural Centre, Medicine Hat Mystix
The New Gallery, Calgary Rotation Series
Red Deer & District Museum, Red Deer AB, annual juried exhibition
Firehall Theatre, Gananoque, Ontario Kingston Prize for Contemporary Canadian Portraiture
Masters Gallery, Calgary Annual Exhibition Canadian Institute of Portrait Artists
Medicine Hat Cultural Centre, Medicine Hat South of 9 East of 23
Alberta College of Art, Calgary Graduating Student Exhibition
Alberta Foundation for the Arts
Numerous private and corporate portrait commissions
Elected to senior membership in the Canadian Institute of Portrait Artists
Best oil portrait award and third best in show Canadian Institute of Portrait Artists Annual juried exhibition.