As a graduate of both the Ontario College of Art and Design and the University of Waterloo MFA program, I have participated in several solo and group exhibitions. In my most recent body of work I am using the ocean as a vehicle to explore the action of paint and the tension that exists where the painting breaks down between pictorial representation and abstraction. These new works continue in my exploration of mixed media techniques, layering transparent washes of oil over silver leaf. They are painted using a wet-into-wet technique to capture the feeling of the waves and the primal energy of the ocean swells.