Since 2007, I have been focussing my artistic efforts on a study of anatomy and gesture through figurative bronze sculpture as well as life drawing. I am guided by a desire to express motion, emotion and levity through the still heaviness of the metal. My body of work ranges from hand-held miniatures to mid-size pieces, and is now growing to include a focus on larger and life-size figures.
As a self taught artist, making my first sculptures in the sand on beach holidays, sculpting emerged organically for me after a 20 year career in graphic design and photography. Creating figurative work felt so natural from the first time I had the opportunity to work with clay on a trip to Mexico for my 40th birthday. Looking back, however, I see the influences that led me to this work. My years living in France, Montreal and Mexico exposed me to a rich tradition of figurative bronze sculpture, mostly in the form of public art. The monumental sculpture of the angel carrying away a dead soldier that is displayed in Vancouver’s Gastown was directly across the street from my grandfather’s barber shop when I was preschool aged. Much of the work I create even today has the flavour of the grace and lightness that I feel from that piece.
Water is a strong theme in my work. From dipping a toe in at the edge of a pool, to floating on the surface, to being fully submerged, a relationship between the figure and water seems to show up for me even when when it is unintentional. It speaks to me of a cool and heavy stillness that quiets the mind and body.
Although my study is anatomy and motion, I strive for a gestural, underworked spontaneity. Often a single line or indentation in the clay can communicate mood and story in a way that can be lost by overworking. I currently work from my Studio/Gallery at 1350 Railspur Alley on Granville Island. My sculptures can be seen both in private collections and galleries in Vancouver, BC, across North America and in Europe. I am a member of the Sculptors Society of BC, and I have been participating in various group and solo shows since 2009 (see below).
2019 / East Side Culture Crawl Participating Member, Vancouver
2019 / Kate Duncan's Address Vancouver
2019 / West of Main Art Walk, Roundhouse Gallery, Vancouver
2018 / East Side Culture Crawl Participating Member, Vancouver
2018 / Kate Duncan's Address The Settlement Building, Vancouver
2018 / PopUpArt - Granville Island, 6 week, 5 Artist show curated by Lynn Falconer
2018 / Parker Art Salon Participating Member, Vancouver
2017 / One of a Kind Christmas Show Enercare Center, Toronto
2017 / East Side Culture Crawl Participating Member, Vancouver
2017 / Parker Art Salon Participating Member, Vancouver
2017 / Kate Duncan's Address The Ellis Building, Vancouver
2016 / East Side Culture Crawl Participating Member, Vancouver
2016 / Kate Duncan's Address Waterfall Building, Vancouver
2016 / Parker Art Salon Participating Member, Vancouver
2015 / East Side Culture Crawl Participating Member, Vancouver
2015 / IDS West Design Show Vancouver Convention Centre
2015 / Parker Art Salon Participating Member, Vancouver
2014 / East Side Culture Crawl Participating Member, Vancouver
2013 / East Side Culture Crawl Participating Member, Vancouver
2013 / 'Reflection' - Buckland Southerst Gallery 2 Artist Show,
2012 / East Side Culture Crawl Participating Member, Vancouver
2012 / First Saturday Open Studios - Vancouver
2011 / SPLASH - Donating Artist - Preview Show at the Pendulum Gallery, Vancouver
2011 / SSBC Van Dusen Garden Show - Vancouver
2010 / SSBC Perspectives on Identity - International Village, Vancouver
2010 / Artists in Our Midst - Preview Show at The Roundhouse Gallery, Vancouver
2010 / SSBC Sculpture Exhibition - Place des Arts, Coquitlam
2009 / SPLASH - Donating Artist - Preview Show at the Pendulum Gallery, Vancouver
Design Milk - September 2018
Georgia Straight Online - November 2017
Creators Vancouver Blog - August 2015
Gild and Co Blog - August 2015
Vancouver Magazine - Eastside Culture Crawl, November 2014
Montecristo Magazine - Eastside Culture Crawl, article by Joshua McVeity, November, 2013
Inside Vancouver - Eastside Culture Crawl, article by Carrie Leslie, November, 2013
Artists of 1000 Parker Street - The Canada Line in Art, article by Janice Fairley, 2012
Vancouver Sun - Eastside Culture Crawl, article November 14, 2012
TravelCom - Eastside Culture Crawl, article November, 2012
Please feel free to send me a message. I look forward to hearing from you.
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