As children growing up in a small town in British Columbia's northern coastline, we were always out in nature and it has given me a lifelong love of the natural world. The natural world is a place to be educated, enchanted, soothed, humbled and brought into states of wonder,
I was taught to draw photo realistically in childhood by my father and still treasure drawing today as an exceptional tool for analysis and discovery. We were encouraged to read, and my avid interest in literature and writing provides not only a cultural and human contextual framework, but is also the kernel of today's desire to create the visual equivalent of a story, using metaphor, symbolism, analogy and example.
My mother taught us a multitude of crafts and skills, especially during the long nights of winter. We were always working at something and I grew to love making. Today, the magic of the studio is still wrapped up in that simple act of bringing an object, an idea, a question, into being. There is so much joy in creating a 'thing', and there is so much reward in the learning when hands and the mind move together. To create one has to observe and ask, What, Where, When, How, Why, Who? I hope to always be learning.