About

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I am an artist, illustrator, and art educator. Inevitably, each passion influences and strengthens the other…a symbiotic relationship.

I grew up in the prairies of Canada and spent no-school days amongst the floor-to-ceiling stacks of paper in my parents’ family-run print shop. My childhood was filled with boxes, stationary supplies, and industrial printing machines. My mother was the best artist I knew and my dad made the tools and scraps of the print shop available to me––it was a setting made for making, drawing, and imagining.

My post secondary studies began in graphic design––a logical choice, given the family business. I spent the first part of my creative career working in the advertising industry, honing my skills to the level of shrewd meticulousness within fast-paced advertising agencies, the provincial museum, and design studios.

Fast forward 15 years and I have lived, worked, and studied in Thailand, Switzerland, London, and now Qatar. I earned my BFA and MEd along the way and committed to various work in fine art and teaching. Had I stayed in Canada, I can only imagine that I would have found my way to this highly creative balance that I live and love now.

Education:
Masters in Education (Honours), 2010
Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours), 2007
Diploma in Advanced Graphic Design (Honours), 2000
Diploma in Graphic Design (Honours), 1999
Private Art Lessons with established artist, 1995-1998

Past collaborations within Qatar include working with:
MIA, UCL, Qatar Museums Family Programmes, Akkadia Press,
 Medina Publishing, and various international schools in Doha.

I contribute to and broaden my perspective from friendships and connections within:
The Association of Illustrators,
Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators,
and
Plein Arts Group

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Ernesto Neto’s interactive artwork at Al Riwaq, Doha

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