Throughout my artistic journey, I’ve battled with a long history of health and well-being issues reflected in angst-ridden art. However, I’ve reached a point in my life of harmony and renewal, an overcoming of suffering through creating art.
These florals express joy, love, excitement, harmony, and introspection– in addition to their spiritual powers or symbolic meanings from ancient times until today. They can communicate the necessity of preserving the environment, its beauty and the ecosystem. For me, these artworks symbolize healing, transcendence and transformation. Art is my passion and opened up opportunities that I didn’t know existed, leading to changes in my thinking, purpose, and life direction.
My work is influenced by Georgia O’Keeffe, Claude Monet and many others. “Painting is a way of life, encompassing my personal vision of optimism and hope.’
Besides being a visual artist, I am the author of My Schizophrenic Life: The Road to Recovery from Mental Illness and Chop Shtick, and co-author of From New York to Vancouver: Stories on the Fly. I earned a Fine Arts Diploma from Langara College and an art history degree from the University of British Columbia. I received the Courage to Come Back Award and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for overcoming severe adversity and giving back to the community.