I made the decision quite some time ago to live my life a certain way. I realized I needed to focus more time on my painting to take it to the next level and become a better painter. I think that if you work the whole day then your brain sits on a shelf and it doesn’t work for art. So I left my day job and with continuous support from the NWT Arts Council, was able to become a full-time artist.
My background in environmental design, biology and scenic painting, are the driving forces behind my artwork. Since I moved to Yellowknife in the year 2000, I have done a lot of murals and painting outside in the summer. I produced a collection of paintings every five years and this collection hangs on the outside of Centre Square Mall in downtown Yellowknife.
In 2010, I started going into the communities to do art workshops with students. I have learned a lot from teaching youth to paint and express themselves this way. Having to concentrate my years of knowledge into a few minutes; it is a good exercise of creativity.
I am not one to say I am passionate. My art is my work, and as people, we do our work to try to improve. Every time I finish a painting I get this confidence, and that is the best thing to teach me for the next one.