“Drawing is definitely my passion. Over the years, I have learned to paint but drawing still plays a huge part in my art. I like to refer to myself as a ‘drainter’ as what I do is a little of both.

They say write what you know, and I guess that goes for painting as well. I am a stay at home mother of two little girls and am constantly inspired by their beauty. We often have dress up photo shoots. It is wonderful. I want to capture their innocence, their joy, their fears and even their sadness. They remind me of being a child. I constantly walk the line of being joyful and being melancholy because that it is what having children is like to me. The evoke so may memories of being a child and the loss of that time, they also are a constant reminder of how precious life is and just how fleeting it is.

I am definitely have a morbidly dark side. I think it is funny that I am finally painting with a bright colourful palette and yet my subject matter are mainly children and viewers still see that melancholy darkness in my work. I just can’t get away from it. It is who I am and my paintings just reflect that.

First, I want to draw the viewer into the work with its beauty. I really do. It sounds so boring but first and foremost, I want my paintings to be aesthetically pleasing. I want you to fall in love, then to stay for the long haul. I want the story to emerge slowly.

I like to think of my paintings not unlike a book cover. I want them to make you stop and wonder what is on the inside. I want to intrigue the viewer so that they feel compelled to enter the subjects world.

Life is so bittersweet, I can’t help but portray that in my work. My subjects are often stoic and deep in thought. I want my viewer to question what they are thinking about. Often people fill in the blank with there own history. I love that. It really is more about the feelings and memories I can evoke rather than a specific message.”

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