About the Artist

They all told me I'd grow out of it; however, for me horses are not simply a passing fancy, but an enduring inspiration.

My creative expression is driven by a deep passion for horses, but my work strives to go beyond their traditional representation and explore aspects of the human experience that they inspire.

Originally from Toronto, ON, I've lived in the Czech Republic and England, where I completed a master’s degree in the history of art from the University of Oxford. My education has grounded my work in a strong theoretical and conceptual basis, as well as an aesthetic one.

I currently work with paper, air dry clay, ceramic clay, and often other mixed media. By consistently pushing the boundaries of materials and developing techniques not necessarily available to traditional mediums, I create richly layered sculptures that can both challenge and delight the viewer.

Check out the Shop for new sculptures. I also share tips and techniques for artists in my Sketchbook blog. 

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Galleries

Circle Craft - Vancouver, Canada

Exhibitions

2018
"Equine Art Gallery". Dressage Masterclass Weekend with Carl Hester - Langley, Canada

2017
Circle Craft Art Market - Vancouver, Canada
(Received the Gold Award for Excellence in Craft)

"Art in the City" - Vancouver, Canada

"Equine Visions". WHAM Art Gallery - Surprise, AZ 

2016
"Horse in Art". National Heritage Centre for Horseracing & Sporting Art at Palace House - Newmarket, UK

Harmony Arts Festival - West Vancouver, Canada

"Discovery: Line". Seymour Art Gallery - North Vancouver, Canada

2015
"Positively Petite". Place des Arts Gallery - Coquitlam, Canada

Education

University of Oxford
MSt in the History of Art and Visual Culture

University of Toronto
Honours Bachelor of Arts