Creating art together.
Creating change together.
My work addresses complex societal issues by painting the subject as a community in a highly accessible way. Painting together fosters dialogue and connection by creating a shared reflective space. A space where participants are able to express themselves individually while maintaining a place in the collective, all under a common theme of awareness.
FACES OF INCLUSION
Eight portraits were created by 800 employees of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) who gathered to paint as they reflected and discussed the theme of inclusion.Through dozens of painting and exhibition events, thousands of colleagues gathered to see the work.
This project was
the catalyst for a workplace culture change.
THE POLLINATOR SERIES
The Pollinator Series is a series of community created portraits commissioned by the City of Toronto for the Live Green Toronto initiative. This project raises awareness of Toronto's diverse native bee population and commemorates the official City of Toronto Bee, Agapostemon Virescens.
THE LOCAL DWELLERS OF THE DON RIVER VALLEY
The Local Dwellers of the Don River Valley is a series of portraits of animals that share Toronto's urban environment.
This series launched in 2015 and continued annually as part of a community engagement strategy for Evergreen Brickworks. Hundreds of people of varying age and artistic ability created these paintings and returned to see the exhibition.
COMMUNITY PAINTING AS THERAPY
A facilitated a portrait for people mourning the loss of mutual friend, Megan.
Painting with groups can be a meditation, there is potential for connection, understanding and transformation.
A message from Megan's sister:
Megan, 2016 (panel mounted, acrylic on paper 52" x 34")