I am a generation Xer and consider my life an adventure that has and does lead me on exciting journey’s and sometimes difficult experiences, which has put me on the path I am currently on. I grew up in Toronto, Canada, where I presently live but have not always lived here. In high school, I attended a small arts school by the name of Thornton Hall. It was there as well as other classes over the years that I learned and was exposed to current and classical techniques/mediums of art masters as well as art history. This marked the beginning of my love affair with art; its beauty, it symbolic meanings, it’s sometimes simple and sometimes complex means, timeless moments and the magic you feel when you experience a great work of art. Developing my artistic ability helped me handle my own learning disabilities, life challenges and build up my self-esteem from the age of 14 to this day.
My story has had a lot of twists and turns with its pivotal events and moments. In my twenties marked my passion for: traveling, animals & fitness. Many of my adventures and moments are expressed as images in my paintings.
I did volunteer work with wild animal, (particularly chimp enrichment) at the Wildlife Way Station, when I lived in California. This lead to my inspiration for the paintings Primate Passion and Dripping in Emotion.
I have studied, traveled and lived in different countries during which I experienced diverse cultures and ways of living that have given me an interesting perspective of people. I lived in California for 11 years. I was in Israel and Egypt and spent some time in Sinai, on the international base of the Peace Keeping Force. I lived in England for a year and did a lot of travelling throughout Europe. My education played a vital role in shaping ideas. I received a Master’s Degree from the American Film Institute and three Bachelor of Arts from the American Academy of Art.
I have had an essential tremor which started when I was a teenager and has gotten worse over the years. At the age of 24 I developed some other health problems which did created some obstacles for me, with my art as well as in other areas of my life. I work hard to stay in control of my medical problems, which lead me into the fitness industry. I am a certified aqua fit instructor, lifeguard and swim instructor as well as a personal trainer. All of this helps my health and makes it possible to paint and create with clarity and peace of mind.
As an artist, I take from everything I see and experience and use it to paint and create.