I am happy to announce that through my work with Proximity Fine Art, I have won the 2016 County of Peterborough Leadership in Arts & Culture Award. The award was presented on Friday, May 27th. As an artist, championing our local art and culture, I thought I would take this time to let you know more about me and my own artistic practice.
I moved to Peterborough County from Toronto in 2002. After looking at different communities I was attracted to this area because it wasn't as populated as southern Ontario but still had a thriving arts community. Like myself it seemed a little bit country and a little bit Rock and Roll. The landscape also reminded me of Owen Sound where I was born; rocks, trees and water embeds itself into a person's soul.
Re-purposed window glass is a constant in my sculptural work. I rework window glass by cutting, engraving, fusing or melting it and then integrate it with other materials, such as rock, steel, wood and concrete to create small to large scale sculptures.
How long have you been working in your medium?
I have been working with glass since 1996, when I discovered glass and glass blowing as an artistic medium at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario.
While I was a student, I worked for Irene Frolic, a fantastic Toronto-based glass artist and I later travelled to the Canberra School of Art in Australia to study at their glass studio. These two experiences allowed me to transition from a glass blower to a kiln based glass artist at a time when very few kiln studios existed in Ontario. In 2000 I started working with re-purposed window glass and it pushed me to experiment and find my artistic voice.
Has living in the Kawarthas affected your work?
My early artwork was based on the urban, built environment. In the Kawarthas I still draw inspiration from the environment but I incorporate more found and natural materials into my sculptures. My glass work references water, rather than the built environment. The Trent Severn Waterway, the mounds of rocks that dot the landscape and local lakes inspire my artistic voice.