My life as an artist has taken many interesting twists and turns. Those early years leading up to, during and after graduation from Art collage were a time of self-discovery. My teaching life started as a WUSC (University Service of Canada) volunteer Art teacher in the rural community of Serule, Botswana, Africa in 1992. Three years later, I returned to Canada, completed my BFA degree and trained to be an official ESL teacher. Between 1997 and 2019, I taught ESL in the Middle East, notably the UAE and KSA. During these years teaching abroad, I spent my summers and free time traveling the world, creating collage, drawings and paintings.
Although I have worked in various medium over the years, I have always been drawn specifically to magazine collage and mixed medium. Working with collage was a convenient way to express myself without the need for a lot of art materials. In the most extreme cases, a pair of scissors, a glue stick and a magazine was all that I required to create. It is quite satisfying to be able to use any magazine and turn them into works of art through the process of collage. In a small way, magazine collage also helps
to reduce landfills.