Although I have spent the better part of 35 years working to bring other peoples artistic visions to light, I have only recently taken the leap of giving my own thoughts and emotions demential space.
In the thirty-five years I have been building displays and exhibit furniture for museums and interpretive centres as well as custom commissions for private clients, I have had the opportunity to encourage a wide range of materials to reach other aspects of their potential.
I see energy in everything and for my own creations the materials and their willingness to allow my input dictates what the end result will be. The outcome of this collaboration with materials and at times fellow artists has opened my mind to how limitless the potential of materials and beings can be.
I grew up on a farm in Sydney Forks on Cape Breton Island.
If it wasn’t for the industrial arts and art program at the junior high school I attended where I could apply the energy in my head to my hands in a constructive way, I doubt I would have been able to follow the path I was so lucky to have been given.
After a short stint in high school, I attended The Cape Regional School where I received training in commercial art and welding.
From here at the age of 19, I went to work for the Nova Scotia museum in Halifax, where I had the great honour to work with the most talented bunch of people I never knew existed.
A year long museum studies course in Winnipeg, month long dinosaur dig in Drumheller, Alberta, an industrial conservation internship with Parks Canada in the Yukon, and an internship with the Canadian Conservation Institute in Ottawa specializing in artifact mounts pushed me to appreciate what was for me an unfathomable decree of skill sets and peoples’ willingness to share their knowledge.
It took some emotional turmoil in my life to encourage me to step up and put myself out there. It took the destruction of one aspect of my life to realize there are more layers to be peeled back. It continues to be quite the journey.