When I got the opportunity to come up North for work, I looked at it as a unique adventure. I love to explore new places and that curiosity is what has kept me here for the past few years. I’m also highly inspired by the environment that I find myself in. Needless to say, northern wildlife and sceneries have provided tremendous inspiration since I moved here!
I’ve always loved to create all kinds of art since a young age, including drawing and various crafts. Most of my family is pretty creative. During weekends, my mom would be working on a craft project and my dad would be building something. My sister is a professional baker. My grandpa would do stain glass or any other project that he could pick up. In that way, I was definitely immersed in arts while growing up.
I’ve been painting for as long as I can remember, but I only recently got back into it. I generally use acrylic paint, but I love to experiment with a lot of different mediums. I’ve created pieces with a multitude of items and surfaces. Right now, I especially love working with bright and strong colors and textures. Even though I try to keep realistic propositions, I love to have a little bit of fun with colours and highlights! I think it could be neat for northerners or for visitors to see things that they are familiar with, through my eyes.
I spent a lot of time out in the Wood Buffalo National Park taking photographs of beautiful sceneries that I could paint later. I once took a picture of bison while I was staying at Pine Lake. It was such an incredible experience! We were staying in a little cabin and, all of a sudden, approximately forty bison and their calves came out of the bushes. It was a very quiet and drizzly day, and we could hear them chomping, while looking out from the cabin in awe. It was such an amazing experience and I am so happy I was able to capture it, in some way, through my artwork.