LONG LIVE THE CURIOUS
The aim of art is not to represent the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.
I make art because I love it. There is nothing more satisfying to me then making other people feel good. And art feels good. First an RMT, then a graduate from McMaster University for Western Medical Acupuncture. It gave me wide range of tools and perspectives on treating the body; from eastern and western methods. My role as healer has blessed me with experiences from working with Cirque de Soleil to The Vancouver Canucks. From living in Vietnam as a physical therapist at an orphanage, to travelling through Northern Thailand & Peru to take extended education in healing. Being a registered massage therapist for over 12 years now, those aspects of healing others has crossed over into my creative world and has truly come full circle.
From a young age the creative arts have always been a world of wonder for me. My journey with art was made possible because of my amazing parents who supported me in all creative pursuits as an adolescent to adulthood. In my late twenties after many solo adventures overseas, I took a leap of faith and was accepted to an art school for photography. That was the gateway bug for my creative itch. After graduation I started creating art on my small apartment deck in Kitsilano, Vancouver. With only 3 feet of space I managed to do resin pours using a blue tarp draped over a chair and a portable bbq. It was coined by friends and new clients as The Blue Tarp Studio. The journey of where I began to the current studio space in Whistler British Columbia has been nothing short of an adventure.
Intention and purpose has always been a driving force in all my work, outside and inside the studio. Héritage is a calling for me to collide my creative arts with the arts of healing. I feel honoured, privileged and grateful to have this opportunity to share with you what has been a lifetime in the making. The process of making each cremation heirloom takes time, sometimes up to a year. Certain elements that I want to forage locally and make into paint I have to wait for specific seasons and locations for; blooming, picking and snow melt. Such as getting million + year old volcanic sediments from Black tusk. A now dormant volcano that takes 2 days, or one gruelling 15+ hours round trip hike.
Currently living in the stunning mountains of Whistler with my husband and becoming a bonus mom to 2 wonderful daughters, has been a dream come true. They have been my biggest teachers and I have learned many great lessons from them. One of the most important being- that all great things in this life take time and patience. A core ingredient in all Héritage pieces. They are a lifetime of one, transformed by a lifetime of practice, made for a lifetime to share.
This is a service of joy, to celebrate life and pass on for future generations. I hope that your next Héritage piece gives you the peace and comfort that we all deserve.
Love and light,
My mission is to create artwork that is of significance. A visual narrative that is personalized with the salt of the earth. Weaved with the character of your loved one, to bring peace and comfort. I truly believe that inspiring creativity in others creates growth; both personal & in the community.
My life has been and will continue to be a piece of art in progress. Thank you to everyone who has been a stroke on the canvas, a pop of color, a smudge or a whole mural.