Building on the distinctly Canadian craft of pulling strips of recycled and hand-dyed wool through burlap, linen or cotton backing, I craft original one-of-a-kind pieces, large and small. Through this art form, traditionally known as rug hooking, I can explore geometrics and landscapes; abstracts and primitives. While many pieces are intended to live on the floor, much of my work ends up on walls and tables. Often my work challenges conventional ideas of rug hooking by using unusual materials, shapes, framing and themes.
This art form lends itself well to my belief that art can tell stories about the social, cultural, economic, and environmental landscapes of our communities. To that end a thread in my current work explores our relationship with trees: trees as witnesses to change, as aesthetic monuments, and as functional aspects of our everyday lives.
Many of my pieces have been purchased for private collections, and many have been selected for juried art shows.
Widening our Circles
Golden Lake Island
First Cut on the Opeongo
The Fire Wood Pile