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Original Paintings

Learn about my unique style of painting and the inspiration behind my latest collections.

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I’ve included all the information you’ll need to make a purchase you and your walls will love, including a full service shop with pricing and detailed product images that showcase the vibrant colour and thick layers of texture my work is so well known for. Explore the following pages and get lost in the paintings that take your senses to new places.

Something memorable happens when you bring a piece of artwork home…

From that breathless moment of awe that comes from unboxing the only one of its kind, to the pride in sharing its origin story with all those who visit, choosing to own a piece of unique art satisfies and soothes your soul as much as it inspires and invigorates your spirit.

The paintings you see here are bright, colourful focal points that deliver texture, dimension, and light to rooms seeking vibrance.

You might notice that one painting takes on the personality of several, thanks to the way the light dances over the canvas at different times throughout the day. During the harsh, bright sunlight at high noon, these original paintings show off crisp, vibrant contrast; by the evening golden hour, they take on the warmth of long, soft amber light.

My painting style is unique, using abstraction and expression to bring viewers into the world’s most stunning moments and their own intimate memories. The gentle rustling of a wooded breeze, the sun-drenched sway of leaves and petals, the sensual light in a sunset fading fast…my paintings feel at once like real destinations and imagined dreamscapes, remnants of a memory from the past that belong to all of us, and reflections on the moment that will forever be yours to own.

As you explore my gallery of original paintings, practice your own observation. What catches your breath as much as it catches your eye? What causes you to pause, lean in closer, or zoom in a little further? Let yourself be drawn to the majesty and beauty you take in – and when you’re ready to – make it yours.

Aspen & Birch Trees

Ever since I can remember, I’ve looked up and found inspiration amongst the trees. Each season holds a beauty all its own; each tree represents a cycle of life, death, and rebirth that’s the hallmark of being human. My Aspen and Birch Tree series magnifies the beauty found in nature by honouring the explosion of colours, subtle details, and fine patterns that bring the outdoors in.

Landscapes

From indigo ridges that make up the Rocky mountains of my backyard, to the vast expanse of a glowing sunset dipping just below the horizon, I’m constantly in awe of how landscapes take on different moods with the slightest changes in light, weather, and seasons. As an artist, I see it as part of my calling to capture attention and turn it towards these scenes that are so easy to take for granted; scenes that can feel wide and vast in an infinite stretch of land, or intricate and expressive in the terrain of a well-worn path. My landscapes come alive in their layers and the contrast between the expressive, spontaneous brushstrokes that make up the sky, cast against the thick, chunky applications of paint. All of these intuitive decisions I make are communicated on the canvas – my creative process made visible and a way to explore and interpret the painting in your own way.

Landscapes

From indigo ridges that make up the Rocky mountains of my backyard, to the vast expanse of a glowing sunset dipping just below the horizon, I’m constantly in awe of how landscapes take on different moods with the slightest changes in light, weather, and seasons. As an artist, I see it as part of my calling to capture attention and turn it towards these scenes that are so easy to take for granted; scenes that can feel wide and vast in an infinite stretch of land, or intricate and expressive in the terrain of a well-worn path. My landscapes come alive in their layers and the contrast between the expressive, spontaneous brushstrokes that make up the sky, cast against the thick, chunky applications of paint. All of these intuitive decisions I make are communicated on the canvas – my creative process made visible and a way to explore and interpret the painting in your own way.

Seascapes

Water has always captured my imagination and caused me to reflect. The grandeur of the sky set against the sea has a way of soothing us by reminding us of our smallness and washing away the troubles that plague us in the everyday. When I look out onto the vast, overwhelming beauty of the ocean, I can’t help but want to paint what I feel: serenity, freedom, and total surrender. My seascapes feature flowing, full-body movements that literally sound like waves when being applied to the canvas. Applied in thick layers of blue and blended to create gradients of depth, my paintings are visual escapes that bring a sense of calm and cleansing to spaces that call for tranquility that only the ocean can bring.

Flowers & Florals

The anticipation of the first bloom after a cold, colourless winter…the burst of beauty as a bud opens to life…the exhilaration of stopping to see a field of color against a blue sky. My floral series is an exploration of big, bold color, raw feminine energy, and passion that’s found in nature. I capture the burst of energy and beauty before it disappears, telling a story about the resilience found in nature (and in our own nature), as well as the juxtaposition of life and death, softness and strength, beauty and imperfection. The experience of enjoying flowers is fleeting, but my highly pigmented colors capture the essence of what flowers represent: an appreciation for beauty captured on canvas forever.

Flowers & Florals

The anticipation of the first bloom after a cold, colourless winter…the burst of beauty as a bud opens to life…the exhilaration of stopping to see a field of color against a blue sky. My floral series is an exploration of big, bold color, raw feminine energy, and passion that’s found in nature. I capture the burst of energy and beauty before it disappears, telling a story about the resilience found in nature (and in our own nature), as well as the juxtaposition of life and death, softness and strength, beauty and imperfection. The experience of enjoying flowers is fleeting, but my highly pigmented colors capture the essence of what flowers represent: an appreciation for beauty captured on canvas forever.

Abstracts

Abstract art is expression operating on a deeper level. Vivid colors and raw textures complement one another, evoking powerful emotions while setting the tone for entire rooms. Those that lay eyes on my abstract canvases often see and feel a textured story ready to burst between each punchy brush stroke, gentle dab of color, and wild layering. Instead of focusing on a specific subject, the paints in my abstracts become the subjects themselves as they represent the possibilities of what paint can do and push the limits of the material world.

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