My connection to northern culture and storytelling has enabled me to create a woven texture of my unique voice. As an Aboriginal person who was born and raised in the North, I feel storytelling is something we can all start from creatively, no matter the discipline.
After high school I attended Red Deer College for acting and the University of Alberta for a Bachelor in Fine Arts but I loved coming home and re-rooting myself in northern stories. Growing up I was always involved in theatre, dance and performing arts in Yellowknife. Over the years I have been fortunate to collaborate with some amazing artists as I continue to shape and evolve my own practice with every new project.
Northern artists have such a unique pallet to work on and work from. I think when we blend our different disciplines and come together, incredible things happen. Here, there is such a connection to our natural world that through osmosis it seeps into the creative process.
In recent years, there is more of an audience for the North. I want to live in Yellowknife and continue to work as an artist – I must find a way to harness this attention in order to have the best of both worlds. That is an exciting challenge.