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My Story

My love of painting started from early childhood. I participated in my first exhibition at the age of twelve. Having the opportunity to present my artwork in a serious environment was immensely inspiring at an early age. I graduated in spring of 2016 with an Associates’ Degree of Art History from Capilano University. My website and social media platforms were launched in August 2016. 

I subsequently participated in six exhibitions, making connections through the Port Moody Arts Centre, Place Des Arts, and North Vancouver Arts Council. In 2017 I successfully entered into twelve exhibitions, connecting with Semiahmoo Arts, West Vancouver Arts Council, Burnaby Arts Council and Seymour Art Gallery. In 2018, I saw the completion of three private commissions and was featured in the “You Are Here” calendar project by West Vancouver Arts Council and North Vancouver Arts Council.

A significant amount of 2019 was spent doing concept research and experimental practice, delving into the deeper questions of why I was creating art. I wanted to find my niche, but nothing felt authentic. I struggled to connect to my practice, and, feeling discouraged about getting proper financial support as an artist, I joined the film industry.  I kept up some commission work and did some art just for myself to be best of my ability during this time.

To my surprise, in March 2020 I was accepted into the Canada Council of the Arts as a professional artist, all my exhibition experience finally got me a shot for the financial support I needed. I got my first chance at funding but, at the same time my health weakened from overworking. I had to step away from art for the first time. 

I was sick for approximately ten months. Thankfully, holistic natural medicine pulled through to heal my body. The experience influenced me to start learning herbalism with Commonwealth Herbs and it soon became the focus of my artistic practice. I had finally found my niche. 

Each month I’m getting to know a new herb and creating a visual artwork to process my experience. I’m sharing videos of my beginner experiments with medicine making, my experiences getting to know each herb, and my studio art practice.

 

(Her)balism  project is a story of a women empowering herself through her relationship to plants and art, follow along and find all my art and herbalism content here.

*All products I use to create my art are reused from former projects, recycled or ethically sourced. 

Artist CV

Education

              Capilano University, Associates of Art History Degree, 2012-2016

              Langara College, Study Abroad Art History Program, 2013-2014

Exhibitions

2019

              Art Rental Show, Cityscape Community Art Space, North Vancouver, BC, Canada

2018  

              Celebration of Herstory, Semiahmoo Arts Society, White Rock, BC, Canada

              You Are Here 2018 Calendar, Silk Purse Gallery, West Vancouver, BC, Canada

              You Are Here 2018 Calendar, District Library Gallery, North Vancouver, BC, Canada

2017   

              Art Party, Seymour Art Gallery, Deep Cove, BC, Canada

              Art Rental Show, Cityscape Community Art Space, North Vancouver, BC, Canada

              Anonymous, Cityscape Community Art Space, North Vancouver, BC, Canada 

              Booze and Pancakes Pop-Up, Vancouver, BC, Canada

              Clouds, Cityscape Community Art Space, North Vancouver, BC, Canada

              Great Stuff, The Ferry Building Gallery, West Vancouver, BC, Canada

              Luminescence, Deer Lake Gallery, Burnaby, BC, Canada

              Patterns of Winter, Semiahmoo Arts Society, White Rock, BC, Canada

              The Pier, Semiahmoo Arts Society, White Rock, BC, Canada

              Positively Petite, Place des Arts, Coquitlam, BC, Canada

              Spectrum, Silk Purse Gallery, West Vancouver, BC, Canada

              Winter Treasures, Port Moody Arts Centre, Port Moody, BC, Canada

2016   

              Art Rental Show, Cityscape Community Art Space, North Vancouver, BC, Canada 

              All Islands Art Show, Haida Gwaii Museum, Haida Gwaii, BC, Canada

              Anonymous, Cityscape Community Art Space, North Vancouver, BC, Canada

              Positively Petite, Place des Arts, Coquitlam, BC, Canada

              Verve Vancouver, Raw Artists, Vancouver, BC, Canada​

             

​2014   

              Anonymous, Cityscape Community Art Space, North Vancouver, BC, Canada 

              Wonderland, Cityscape Community Art Space, North Vancouver, BC, Canada

2013     

              Placed, Head StArt Art Competition, Beaumont Studios, Vancouver, BC, Canada  

2012      

              Collective Showcase, Mamal’s Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Canada

2008     

             Serious Eye Candy, Beaumont Studios, Vancouver, BC, Canada

 

Honors and Awards

 

2018     

              Placed Second, Celebration of Herstory, Semiahmoo Arts Society, White Rock, BC, Canada

2017     

              Peoples Choice Award, The Pier, Semiahmoo Arts Society, White Rock, BC, Canada

2013     

              Placed, Head StArt Art Competition, Beaumont Studios, Vancouver, BC, Canada  

Member of the Following Organizations and Programs

 

              Canada Council for the Arts, Professional Artist, 2020

              Art Rental Program, Cityscape Community Art Space, participated 2016 – 2017,

2019

              North Vancouver Community Arts Council, joined 2014

              West Vancouver Community Arts Council, joined 2017

Publications and Media

 

              “Luminescence II: Who's who”. Burnaby Now.  March 2017