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The world is full of contradictions and contrasts which intrigue me. These themes play recurring roles in my life and paintings:

 

Freedom vs Entrapment, Wild vs Civilized, Exposure vs Mystery, Natural vs Man-made, Imagination vs Reality, and Male vs Female

 

My life is full of contrasts . . . . 

I grew up with three sisters, although when I was young I was a dedicated tomboy with short hair and ninja turtle shirts.

 

While I was born and raised in the Canadian badlands surrounded by prairies, I feel most at home on the beach

My professional background is in the animation industry of Toronto where I worked in a variety of roles and styles for television and film productions.  Although I was fulfilling my childhood dream by working in this profession, I eventually had to face reality. I felt trapped in my life and had to give myself permission to break free, acknowledging that my aspirations had changed.

 

left my career and country behind in pursuit of self discovery in Italy, a land of extreme contrasts, and a place that runs in my bloodline and influences many aspects of my art. I lived there for four years prior to settling in the Sunshine Coast of Queensland and becoming a mother. My daughter is now 6 years old.

I'm inspired by the COURAGE of women to be true to themselves, despite all the conflicting influences surrounding us.

Because of this, my business donates to the MALALA FUND, an organization that advocates 12 years of education for every girl on the planet.

 

Malala is a Pakistani woman who had the courage to stand up to the Taliban at fifteen years old. She spoke out and continued to attend school after it had been outlawed for girls, and as a result was targeted and shot in the head while riding home on the bus. She miraculously survived and now safely lives in England where she campaigns for girls education around the world. 

2% of sales from my business are forwarded to this cause. 

Total of donations made to date= $842 USD

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