Collage began to show up in both my sketchbooks and my paintings while studying fine art at Concordia University in the late 1980s. At some point after graduation I began to produce simple black and white collage calendars culled from sources like The World Weekly News. From there I began to collect illustrated Bible and fairy tale books from the 50s, 60s, and 70s, and the collages made from these became greeting cards and prints that were sold in stores across Canada for some years. With a young daughter at the time and no studio space, it was possible to do collage work at the kitchen table if necessary.
My collages tend to have some combination of the following elements: humour, darkness, beauty, ambiguity and /or mystery. And colour... lots of colour. Most appear to be telling a story, but who knows what that story might be? I enjoy searching through my source material – reams of scraps, vintage magazines and books that I’ve collected over the years— to find the unique elements that will make up a piece. That's the fun part—not knowing where I might be led.
Painting has taken over for the time being, but when I was hot n’ heavy into collage I had a few mentions in the online world; for example, Juxtapoz Magazine, The Jealous Curator, Elusive Muse, and various blogs.
Please see the SHOP page for original collages available for sale.
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