About me

Since childhood, I have always loved all things art related. I have dabbled in many mediums throughout the years and always knew I wanted to pursue something creative as a career.

From my early teens, I watched as creative computer related jobs gained in popularity. It’s growing influence on the media and culture was fascinating to me. It lead me to pursue digital arts after high school. In 2005, I graduated a 3 year Graphic Design program at Algonquin College. Throughout my design career, I worked my way from junior designer to team manager, having gained a variety of experience in multi-media, marketing, branding design, motion graphics and retail/product/packaging design.

Over the years, I still enjoyed other creative art projects. I came upon alcohol inks in the early days of Pinterest and decided to try making some coasters as Christmas gifts. I immediately knew this was a medium I wanted to explore as a hobby in my free time.

In 2011, while managing a creative team at an e-learning company, my son was born. After a complicated birth, I decided to leave my career in the city and freelance from home, enabling me to have a more flexible schedule for my family.

In between design jobs I decided I wanted to teach myself how to paint with alcohol inks.  At the time, there wasn’t a lot of information on how to use them with brushes as a controlled painting medium. They were marketed for creating abstract backgrounds for scrapbooking projects and any video tutorials, I could find, reflected that only. So I decided to teach myself.

After much practice and experimenting, I became more dedicate and serious about my art. I opened an Etsy shop and started selling my work, as well as at various craft fairs. I was soon outgrowing my small home office space, as my paintings was taking over every surface.

In 2017, my husband and I designed and built our current home with a dedicated art studio. I finally had the room to expand and the freedom to create larger pieces. I still freelance in graphic design, and continue to paint when time allows. 

About my Art

Alcohol inks are known to produce very unexpected results. The medium tends to meld and interact with itself, even after your hand has left the canvas. I enjoy that aspect and am fascinated by the ever-evolving vibrant colours, interesting forms and textures that are created in front of my eyes. It’s an exciting and freeing process and forces me to take risks and to constantly experiment. The outcome is usually quite organic looking, which I will either use as a base for an abstract composition or manipulate into a landscape or floral piece.

I like to think of my art as “controlled chaos”. The end result is often a combination of multiple “happy accidents” (thank you Bob Ross) and then building upon them to create a final piece that feels right. View my art portfolio here.

This is a quick agate painting made with alcohol ink on acetate backed with a white piece of cardstock.

My art process: includes quick sketches and practicing items separately before ‘committing’ them to the painting.

My painting process

Usually before I start a painting, I decide if I want to paint flowers, a landscape or a complete abstract piece. Then I pick out a colour scheme. If I am lacking ideas, I sometimes draw colour inspiration from photos. I have a dedicated board on Pinterest with tons of different images; including everything from scenic photography & close-up nature shots, to clothing ensembles and artisan cakes (anything that gets me excited and catches my eye.)

If painting a landscape, I might draw out a few quick sketches for layout options. Sometimes, I will even ‘test paint’ items on a scrap piece of paper. With abstracts I like to dive right in, not too worried about planning. They involve a lot of layers and tweaking until I feel the piece comes together in a harmonious way in the end. When done, I seal the painting with multiple layers of gloss UV protectant. They are can be framed or mounted to wood panels.

My art process: includes quick sketches and practicing items separately before ‘committing’ them to the painting.

My design process

Obviously different jobs require different tasks. Websites require a lot of organization of files and content, as well as back-end prep work. Whereas designing a logo might involve initially doing some hand sketches and mockups. That said, the design process and workflow is usually the same. Here is a rough breakdown.

I talk with the client and make sure we are on the same page regarding what they are envisioning. I also research the competition to see what’s out there. I never feel comfortable going in blind where’s there’s a chance of replicating what’s already been done. Being creative and unique is really important to me.

Feedback is also crucial. So after I have an initial design concept, I present it to the client and then we can discuss all the different options. There are usually a few rounds of revisions to tweak colours, fonts and any other relevant items. From there I will move on to finalizing everything. Depending on the project, this might include sending files to be printed or putting a website up live. You can view my design portfolio here.