As an artist specializing in site-specific public art projects, I am driven by a belief that art has the potential to make us more present and engaged in our world. In my art practice I explore the vital connections between the natural environment and the places where we live, our personal memories, and our collective civic and cultural stories. My creative process involves an initial phase of research that enables me to deepen my understanding of the geography, cultural histories, and natural environment of the project surroundings. I have participated in numerous collaborative projects and welcome the opportunity to work with municipalities, arts councils, architects, designers and developers. My training and background in materials technology, production control and industrial engineering are among the many assets I bring to public art projects.
My first public art commission “We Are Here” is an engraved granite pyramid at the entrance to the Muttart Conservatory in Edmonton, Alberta. My next piece “You Are Here” was installed for six months at the Brighouse Station of the Canada Line, on No. 3 Road in Richmond BC.
“Hamilton Then and Now” my public art project for the Hamilton Community Centre in Richmond BC was unveiled in May 2011. It is made with the LEED approved material Corian® with LED lighting. One of my images has been included in a series of Art Benches along 118th Avenue in Edmonton AB. My bench is at 79th Street.
I am currently working on a new commission for the City of Richmond: a piece carved into granite paving of the platform of the new Steveston Interurban Tram Building, to be completed may 2013.
“Public art has the power to energize and enhance our public spaces, make us think, and transform where we live, work, and play. It can be several stories high or bring attention to the pavement beneath our feet. It can inspire conversation and help calm our hurried lifestyles. It can also be controversial.” City of Victoria