“Throughout my life I’ve sought to understand who it is to be a woman. What is the nature of our roles as a daughter, a mother, a wife, a sibling and ultimately an individual? The root of Feminine strength lives in us and is a birth right to all women. I am on a journey to rediscover the source of a woman’s power, the Feminine spirit, which thrived in the matriarchal societies throughout human history, only to be superseded by the patriarchal way of life that we still live in. How can women retain the empowering nature of their gender while navigating our current world? My desire for women to become integrated in self knowledge, acceptance and love is paramount with a belief that integration can happen when women live in choice through education, respecting their body and mind, with purpose and focus.
We've been graced with living in a time when many women have asserted their Feminine selves and have inspired others through their actions. Yet their is still much more awareness to be brought to the world about Feminine solidarity, education and the positive effects it can have for girls and women today, and future generations.
This sense of purpose drives the exploration and rendering of IKONA | Mirrored Interior; celebrating women that have inspired my life through their actions, attitudes and accomplishments. Some of these women I have known quite well and have participated in my evolution as a woman, and an artist. Others have inspired me from afar, and yet all of them share something in common; they exercise their bold vulnerability with courage and dignity. Ten interpretive mixed media portraits showcase important women that have helped shape my understanding of the world, and give strength and courage to the others. I see aspects of myself in each one of them.
This internal mirroring is a phenomenon that I work to expand through my use of abstract and representational, traditional and digital painting techniques. I follow an intuitive process and seek to combine colour and shape to develop textures that interpret these Feminine qualities while honouring the unique personality of each subject. Each portrait is a meditative exercise where I enter a zone where my flow pours out with immediacy and deliberateness.”