I am a passionate (yet somewhat reluctant) creator. I am full of ideas and then judgements of my own creations. I continuously circle back to the beauty and authenticity of abstract and expressive art – not focusing on what I see, but on how I feel – how feelings and energy can be interpreted in shape, texture, colour and line.
I believe that art (or any hands-on or expressive creative process) offers great potential for healing and reconnection with self. I am currently a student of Expressive Arts Therapy in At the CREATE Institute in Toronto, and have also completed a certificate in Art and Trauma. I have turned to art through so many difficult life experiences.
As a child our home was always filled with a certain kind of chaos, crayons, pencil crayons, paper, glitter. I was fortunate enough to grow up with a mother who was a natural creator, she had a book of beautiful dress designs. I had many a handmade dress well into my teens, and my siblings and I were often seen wearing her latest knitted creations. Eventually this knitted love made its way to her grandchildren. From her I learnt the deep joy of creating and sharing, and that I should honour that need in myself.
I have a Graphic Design diploma from Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario. Upon my graduation I was very thrilled to take up work in some amazing boutique graphic design studios in Toronto, studios like Concrete Design, and Q30. This was an amazing time where I solidified my love of typography, colour, paper, space on a page, and all the elements and effects of visual communication.
As time has passed I have found a real love and fascination with creative expression and the creative process. How we create, why we create, what we get out of the process, as well as what happens when we don't take the time to create. I believe these hands on things are crucial to maintaining a wholeness in most people. The creative process for me is a mix of inspiration, excitement, passion, panic, judgement and chaos – but also a form of peace, a way of connection, release, healing, and a the ability to stay present.
I currently teach a beautiful range of students from 7-70 - Zoom art classes for the Oakville Arts Studio, an in-person class for the Oakville Arts Society, an in-person/online program for the Canadian Tapestry and Texture Centre and I myself am in the Expressive Arts Therapist Diploma program at the CREATE Institute in Toronto!