In January of 1998, I came North from Nova Scotia to take a job in Fort Smith. I did this full time for three and a half years, then started my own business as a graphic designer, which allows me time to create my own artistic creations such as jewelry, painting and anything else that might come to be. Recently I added promotional items to my list of services.
In 2002, I took a workshop with Antoine Mountain. The second painting I did, I entered into the 2003/04 Northwestel telephone book contest and won, so I was really encouraged. However, I am not a prolific painter. We are bombarded by images all the time and, for me, it takes something extraordinary to say I want to put that down in paint. In 2013, I again won the Northwestel telephone book contest – the first person to ever have won twice!
I like to have a theme or idea where it is a matter of pulling elements together. In 2003, I started making jewelry and it has really evolved. I built a small jewelry studio in 2007 and returned to school in 2008, taking year two of the jewelry program at the Alberta College of Arts & Design for one year. I like taking northern elements and giving it a more contemporary flair, but mostly I love to work with silver.
I was flying from Yellowknife to Fort Smith once and looked out of the plane and noticed the river was really cool, so I sketched it out and made a bracelet when I got home. I think anywhere I happen to be is what I am inspired by and incorporate into my art – things from nature like trees or birds of the area.