Me, never too serious. The beautiful island, I call home.
I am a collage, mixed media artist from Vancouver Island in Canada. I have been playing with this medium for about 12 years. I strive to create a narrative in my pieces, hoping to give some relevance to the materials I use. I love the ordinary, often discarded and well-worn objects and paper ephemera from the past. A hand written recipe for Gone with the Wind cake, a receipt for oranges from the Asylum for the Chronic Insane, an old plan of Vatican City, an optical lens, an old key… all these are intriguing to me. They have a certain beauty that is often lacking in the modern world of mass production. I like to think that the people who made them all those years ago would be pleased.
I layer old papers or digital scans of the originals with the paint, glue and ink and add photos and treasures from my junk collection. I do both collage on wooden panels and assemblage pieces in shadow boxes.
I show and sell my work at various venues in the Cowichan Valley and out of my home studio. I am part of the Cowichan Valley Artisans group. We show our work together and host studio tours each April and November. Some of my pieces have won awards locally. I am not currently selling online.
I am fluent in both French and English and I am adequate in Spanish. Although my posts are predominately English I do sometimes post in French.
Some of the images used in my artwork are sourced from the following sites. The graphics fairy (graphicsfairy.blogspot.com) ; vintage printables (vintageprintables.com) and bibiodyssey (bibliodoyssey.blogspot.com); the commons on flickr. I use images that are in the public domain or that I own personally.