I graduated from high school in Inuvik and continued my education in the Fibre Department at the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary, Alberta. After graduation, I moved to Fort Smith; I was destined to return to the North because I am a northern girl. I am a proud Northerner and I love the land. While cycling in town and on the trails in Fort Smith I noticed the summer air had a sweet scent; it was wildflowers.
Through experimenting with new tools, I brought a flower from my garden into my studio to capture its image and thought ‘this is really beautiful!’ I began keeping an eye the roadside ditches for the colourful plant life. My curiosity in northern plants turned into a year-round passion because the landscape is in a constant state of flux.
As the wildflowers and plants are sprouting up, I collect samples and arrange them to create an image. The image is a portrait of a moment in time. The works are printed on a large scale to reveal the tiny details in nature that are all around us but easily overlooked; fine hairs on the stem, the serrated edge of a leaf or veins in a petal. I always look forward to what parts of the plant will be revealed and what remains of the plant will be left behind.
I have presented my work in Fort Smith, Fort Simpson and Yellowknife. The two most recent exhibits are titled Thebacha Trails & Roadside Ditches and Breath of the Land: a Botanical Journal of Bathurst Inlet.