Irena Sherstyuk

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Irena Sherstyuk is a Canadian modern artist who creates dazzling abstract works using her own unique expressive technique. She was born and raised in Ukraine, not far from the Black Sea. Irena took her first formal art classes when she was 10 years old where she learned composition, drawing and painting. From that moment, Irena knew she was meant to paint. However, Irena’s painting took a back seat to a teaching career, where she spent an engaging 15 years. Moving to Canada opened a whole new door for Irena, exposing her to new fascinating styles and opportunities.

Irena’s signature use of various gel mediums and modeling pastes, with the addition of thick application of paint creates her unique unforgettable texture.
Irena currently lives in Ottawa, Canada and dedicates herself to her passion on a full-time basis. Her works are being shown in galleries, businesses and exhibitions with her commissions being spread across private collections in Canada, United States and Europe.

“True art makes us feel alive, touches the most intimate strings in our hearts and inspires us to feel music in our souls. Every canvas is a combination of vibrant , bold, optimistic and comforting colors that translate my emotions and reflect my personality. I express my feelings through my art and it makes me very happy to hear someone say that my art brings them joy and harmony.” — Irena

Everist Prokofiev

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Everist was born Everist was born in Torun, Poland in 1959. He and his family left Poland when he was six years old, settling in Toronto, Canada. He was immersed in the visual arts and music throughout his childhood and developed his love for the fine arts at a very young age. Experiencing pressure from his family, to follow in the musical footsteps of his great uncle, Sergei Prokofiev, Everist found that he was much more comfortable composing on canvas. Attending the Ontario College of Art for four years, Everist continued to hone his artistic skills by enrolling in private painting lessons. He received much recognition and numerous awards before he reached 18 years of age.  After a long career in the Automotive and Home Renovation Industries, Everist now has the freedom to follow his creative dreams. He has cultivated his passion by painting under the instruction of several well-established Canadian and International artists. He has travelled extensively across Canada. The diverse and magnificent Canadian landscape continues to provide him with a limitless source of inspiration. His travels from British Columbia to Newfoundland and from the Arctic to the distant shores of the Caribbean re-sparked Everist’s creative instincts. Observing nature while spending time in the great Canadian wilderness has magnetized Everist to his canvas. He always travels with his easel and box of paints in hand. In 2016, Everist was chosen to be part of the Canadian delegation, representing Canada, at the 6 th  Edition of “ Artistes Du Monde Cannes, Exposition International” in Cannes France. This was a major turning point for Everist, expanding his creativity onto the world stage.     Everist and his family now reside in Southern Ontario, making his favourite inspirational landscapes, Algonquin Park, Georgian Bay and the rolling Hills of Caledon, easily accessible. In the summer months, he and his family reside in the mountains of Charlevoix Quebec, a place that over the past 100 years, has been a favourite destination for many of Canada’s renowned painters. Everist is very involved in the Arts community. He is a member of several Art Societies in Ontario and Com2Art association in France. He teaches classes and holds palette knife painting seminars for all ages and skill levels, believing that awareness through education will ensure the longevity of the fine arts. Everists paintings adorn the walls of private homes and are found in corporate collections across North America, The Caribbean and Europe.

Adele Gauthier

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Adèle Gauthier is a local Ottawa artist, painting since forty years.  She has a Fine Arts degree from both Ottawa University and British Columbia University.  She also studied at the Emily Carr college of Art, the Haliburton college of art and the Ottawa college of art.  Her medium of choice is oil but she is at present exploring the mysteries of encaustic paint.

My journey as an artist

The latin word “pentimento” is “an alteration in a painting, evidenced by traces of previous work, showing that the artist has changed his mind as to the composition during the process of painting”. In english it means “to repent”.  Well, this is what I do all day.  I paint something beautiful, then I scratch it off, leaving traces, so that the real truth comes to the surface, well beyond the idea that was originally in my brain.

Olaf Schneider

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Olaf’s first artistic influence was his grandfather, Hurbert Schult. He worked at Porsche in Stutgartt Germany, designing the 911 series. He inspired Olaf with his oil paintings at a very early age, allowing Olaf to experiment with acrylics. While painting large scale billboards in 1986 for Mediacom (currently Outfront Media), Olaf acquired a strong practical foundation that would become integral to his work today. He studied at the Ontario College of Art and Sheridan College and is greatly inspired by his mentors Ron Greig and Norman Rockwell.

For Olaf, each piece represents an intense exploration and refinement of his personal pictorial sensitivities, especially as they relate to beauty, form, light, and shade. Composition, color, and craftsmanship are all elements that become the building blocks of his work. Olaf is a prolific painter who is inspired by the power and diversity of the northern landscape, and anything that needs a “second look.”  An explorer by nature, he travels across North America and Europe to gain inspiration.

“Each dab I make is stimulated by the details that I observe. I hope to see what others miss and then make it compelling. I push and alter the colors to suit my ravenous needs and I love to improvise on the spot.” — Olaf. 

Yong Suksamran

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Yong Suksamran was born in Thailand but has lived for many years in New Zealand where he currently resides. For several years he lived in Ottawa where he was inspired by the beauty of the city. His background is in post-graduate fashion design and tecnology which has given him his inspiration for colour and texture. Techniques that he learned with fabrics have led to skills in drawing and colour mix.”I love bright colours. It is a challenge to create an oil painting but I get enormous satisfaction from seeing the painting come alive on the canvas.

I spend time thinking and researching my subject and themes so that my paintings are unique and striking to the eye. In many of my oil paintings, your eye can rove across the canvas and focus on different details. Hopefully you get the sparkle or dance that comes from what you see and what is delightful. The richness of the texture and using shade and colour to best advantange is what I like about oil painting.

Bev Durand

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Like most children, Bev loved to draw, paint and make things. Wax crayons, pencil crayons, paper, glue and scissors were her first art supplies. Then she inherited an unopened set of oil paints from her oldest sister. She made several little paintings on canvas board and then she was hooked.

After high school, she went to Algonquin College in Ottawa and studied Graphic Art. She worked as a Graphic Artist for a time and then decided to return to school and study Fine Art. She graduated from The Ontario College of Art with a focus on drawing and painting. She has always loved the tactile experience of handling oil paint, applying it onto canvas, feeling the spring between brush and support, and directing the paint, thin and thick to see an image emerge.

Sometimes she paints on location, but mostly she paints in the studio.
She will often sketch on location and take photographs of her subjects. Then she returns to the quiet of her studio to work out compositions using the preliminary reference material.

Bev has exhibited paintings in solo and group shows in Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick. Bev belongs to “The Bottom Line” drawing group, which is a weekly figure drawing workshop and currently resides in Ottawa.

Lise Massicotte

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Born in Amos, Abitibi, Lise attended l’Institut des arts appliqués in Montreal. She then spent some time in Alberta, continuing studies in art and photography at the University of Edmonton. A long journey, with a thousand jobs along the way, allowed her to explore different artistic media such as theatre set design, journalistic graphics and layout, and the management of an art and craft gallery.

In 1995, after twenty years of working in black and white, the exploration of colour took centre stage in the form of watercolor painting. Lise strives to break away from the rigidity of her graphic design background by exploring the fluidity and emotions in this medium. Recently, acrylic inks have captured her interest, resulting in stunning creations both figurative and non-figurative. On her palette, the colours are very intense, and play with the contrast of textures according to the energy needed to give light to the work. With the fondest of exceptions for all things avian, Lise’s long-time passion is for trees, those giant witnesses of our presence on this earth, and the forest, sleeping and waking to the voice of light.

Daniel Stanford

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The etymology of FASCINASIA originates from the Artist’s reflections on his own influences and explores the fascination we have with Asian culture, both modern and ancient. Asian culture can be traced back over 5000 years and because of it’s history, it influences our society and current culture. FASCINASIA explores the symbols of the sacred, juxtaposed with icons of modern society. It is this visual reincarnation that appeals to the inner vibration of a soul consciousness. Stanford seeks to transform the viewer’s vision and affect the subconscious mind.

In the structures of ancient temples, we see how sensuality was present in ancient world culture. Today we have new icons and a new measures of what is beautiful & spiritual. The media sends out more messages now than at any other time in human history and it affects our culture; they create a new culture. Today’s perception of the human body’s aesthetics is destructive and earthly creatures are too easily forgotten into extinction because of this disconnection.

Stanford attempts to express and illustrate a vision with alternative mythological figures of inner beauty expressed outwardly in what has been described as a perfect storm of content and intent, reflecting back images of both the beauty and decadence of modern society with a contemporary vision.
The distinctive mixed media paintings are meticulously crafted out of Feng Shui elements and materials, displaying a new reverence for beauty. An East meets West energy, where a translation between the material and the intellectual world conjure up powerful symbols of metaphorical sentient beings. Stanford’s use of archival materials reflects the sequence of the five elements – wood gives rise to fire, fire produces earth, earth gives birth to gold, gold creates water, water makes wood. The latest work shows more fascination for ancient world techniques with the use of encaustic wax as part of his exploration of new mediums.

Sylvie Provost

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Painter Sylvie Provost lives and works in Huberdeau, a municipality located in the Laurentians. Ever since her youth, creativity has always been part of her life. Interior decorating and sewing are the creative practices that will eventually lead her towards painting. She will follow several trainings with renowned painters. Her goal was to know several mediums to have a greater knowledge of her art. This brought her to discover acrylics as her medium of choice.

Since the year 2000, she has participated in several exhibitions in Canada, New York and Spain. In 2003, she participated in the Regional Museum of Argenteuil Symposium. Her pieces are sold throughout the world and are part of various public and private collections.

Artist Approach

“For more than twenty years, my passion for art has been transposed into visual art, especially painting. I also experimented with sculpture, but my true calling is painting. For years now, I’ve worked with several mediums such as pastels, charcoal, casein, oil paints, watercolors and mixed techniques to finally direct my art toward acrylic which is my favorite medium. Colors fascinate me, I like playing with the possibilities they offer me. Colorist by instinct, it is with great strokes of the spatula, directed here and there, that the pigments are placed on my canvas as an emotion that leads me to feel all the vibrations that surround me. I transpose this energy in my paintings through the bright colors that I use and the whimsical characters and flower bouquets that I create. I use a diversified palette but the texture and the research of the color and its pairings are very important in my creation process. This action, which in a theatrical movement brings me to total freedom, is a vital need for me.” –

Andrée Christensen

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Andrée Christensen is a poet, novelist, literary translator, visual artist and gardener. In collaboration with internationally renowned artist from Ontario and Quebec-Jennifer DIckson, Tony Urquhart, Roland Giguere, Pavel Skalnik, Huguette Bouchard-Bonet and Christine Palmieri she has produced five artist books combining her poetry and their visual works. Her own photographs and collages are often included in her published books of poetry.

Artist Statement on Collage​

The very process of collage, which liberates images from their context, empties them of their initial meaning, invites both the artist and the observer to listen to the irrational aspect of their being and, depending on personal perceptions, to create new associations that reflect private emotions. Collages invite us to create new stories and to make our own poetic and dreamlike associations. Each observer thus necomes the author of his or her own creation.

Jim Leach

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Jim’s interest in art was inspired by his grandfather who was a landscape artist in Quebec. This, combined with Jim’s love of the countryside and nature, has created a passion for landscape painting that allows Jim to express the beauty of the natural world through his art work.

In Jim’s words, “Painting landscapes is a wonderful medium to allow one to appreciate the hidden colours that can be found in nature.”

Jim’s landscape paintings reflect a bold, impressionist style, using vibrant colours to express the rich beauty of the Canadian landscape. Jim is continually inspired by the works of Tom Thomson, The Group of Seven and Rene Richard.Jim and his wife Carol live in Ottawa and have a son, Gregory,  daughter, Andrea, two granddaughters Noelle and Amelia, and Mazy the dog. Jim’s landscape paintings are primarily scenes from the Eastern Townships region of Quebec and the Ottawa/Gatineau area. He is predominately a “plein air” painter and enjoys the solitude of painting in situ. Even if he is without his paints, Jim always travels with a sketch book: “I seem to be able to recollect where and when each sketch was done and what the weather conditions were at the time.”

Linda Bergeron Baril

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Linda, originally from the Mauricie Region of Quebec, now resides in the picturesque town of Pontiac in the Outaouais Valley.  With her studio located on the banks of the Ottawa River, Linda is constantly inspired and dedicates herself to her full time passion of painting.

A self-taught artist, Linda has taken several art courses and workshops to further her skills and knowledge. She is constantly developing her artistic journey by participating in various workshops, nationally: Gatineau, Baie-Saint-Paul, The Laurentians,Cape-Breton as well as internationally: The International ICSCIS Tuscany school in Italy and Slikamilina Painting Tours in Croatia.  Over the years, she has acquired a plethora of Plein Air painting experience by joining groups such as Plein Air Ensemble Ottawa.  She also travels yearly throughout Canada and the United States in her motor home always sketching along the way.

Her work has been displayed in prestigious galleries such as Koyman’s Gallery on St-Laurent blvd., the Gordon Harrison Gallery on Sussex Street in Ottawa, as well as galleries in Old Montreal and Quebec City.  Linda’s paintings are presently shown at beautiful and charming Rothwell Gallery on Montreal Road, Ottawa. Numerous pieces of her works hang in private collections all over Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia.

She works colourfully and diversely using a range of media, including oils, watercolours, felt pen, acrylics, and oil pastels.  She also uses many techniques, such as alla prima, impasto, sgraffito, scumbling; and various tools – palette knives, brushes and fingers.

Her textures are smooth and expressive, allowing her to assert a personal signature. Very recognizable, her distinctly unique style flows loosely with expressive spontaneity and grace through the lines and forms, creating still life, landscapes, and figures.  One can feel her Joie de vivre and Romantic penchant.

Linda was awarded the “Favorite of the jury” prize in 2003 in Gatineau, and in 2009  the “Public Choice Award” also in Gatineau which was highlighted in the following newspapers: Le Droit, The Citizen, The Equity and the Pontiac Journal.

Linda has travelled extensively and lived in many places, including Québec, Toronto, Dartmouth, St-Jean-sur-le Richelieu, Germany and France.

Latest news: Linda has been part of the Canadian Delegation of International Artists chose, to  show  her paintings at the Carrousel du Louvre in Paris in December 2017.

Danielle Cloutier

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The youngest in a family of five children, Danielle was born Aprist 1st, 1959 in Ottawa. She is the daughter of an agriculturist from the Byward Market. Her parents Lorenzo and Therese provided considerable support in her artistic endeavours. Her personal growth evolved under the guidance of Mrs.

Willamina Pinkus as the drawing and painting teacher and Ms. Colliers as the figure drawing teacher in the Fine Arts Department of Ottawa’s High School of Commerce. With dreams of fulfillment, she absorbed her surroundings and proceeded to imitate her older brother’s detailed artwork. At age thirteen she won her first international competition in Menneapolis, Minnesota. This first accomplishment led to her decision to become a Fine Artist. Soon afterwards, her first art show the the Federation des femmes candiennes-francaises in Ottawa’s St. Laurent was succesful. This further inspierd her to express her style in her art work.Danielle has exhibited her works over the years in the Ottawa region and has won many firtst place titles in art shows. She has been featured in the Ottawa Valley Guide for all artists in the Ottawa region. Her works have been displayed in several publications and magazines such as Folkart and Parkhurst Exchange.She lives in the “deep woods” of East Aldfield Qhebec where she is currently building a stone cottage which includes an artificial handmade lake named “Lily Francine” in her sisters’s memory.

John Alexander Day

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“Plain Air” painting has been the main source of inspiration for all of John’s artwork. Whether the subject matter has been in the streets or in the countryside, John has always sought to capture the atmosphere of each location. Whether he paints in North America or Europe, or closer to home, he always seeks to leave the viewer with a sense of place. Witnessing nature first hand, and working right there, gives him a certain freedom to paint without any pre-conceived notions. In this way he is not bound by the formulas that can easily creep into one’s work.


John is drawn to capturing a particular light or atmosphere. An overcast or sunny day, the changing light effects, the the sound of the ocean spray against rock or the quiet waters of a lake or river, keep him motivated. In his own way, John hopes to continue the tradition of making the viewer look again at what might be an ordinary scene, transformed through light and atmosphere. Often times, weather will dictate how John will pack for a trip outdoors, the winter, or on very windy conditions and so he prefers to work on a smaller scale.

Virginia Dupuis

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Working in the traditional medium of oil, Virginia takes a macroscopic view, often at a scale larger than life, and strives for a strong tactile quality, while building up layers of paint. Her work suggests a narrative around such subject matter as the handcrafts of tatting, knitting or crocheting, to the tangled foliage, stems and fruit of the growth pattern in nature.

Virginia is a graduate of the 3 year Fine Arts Diploma at the Ottawa School of Art. She refined her oil painting practice by completing two Advanced Studios in oil painting, as well as two Apprenticeships in oil painting with a concentration into colour theory. Virginia has won numerous juror’s awards and grants from both the AOE Arts Council and the Ontario Arts Council. She was invited by Artspace613 to create an installation for Ontario2017 Culture Days.

Virginia, a local artist who lives and paints in Blackburn Hamlet, is an elected member of the Society of Canadian Artists.

“I respect perseverance, patience and resilience and am drawn to a subject by its beauty, colour and rhythm. Exploring colouristically the drama in patterns, suggestive of creation, growth and endurance, allows me to see beauty in the ordinary.” — Virginia

Herb van der Saay

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Since 1962, Herb has been painting with a number of Ottawa artists. He studied at the Ottawa School of Art under Bruce Heggtveit, Robert Hyndman and others. His preferred medium is oils and pencil sketching. He is mainly a self-taught artist who enjoys plein-air painting and is inspired by the colours and space of the Canadian landscape. Nature is the ultimate teacher — it teaches us to see colour, light, shadows and shapes and to feel the moment. It is a challenge to put feelings and impressions on canvas and to connect with the viewer.

Fraser Radford

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“My current artistic practice explores elements of chance and experimentation in painting. For my ‘What A Drag’ series, I am interested in experimenting with the effects of colour and the random application of paint on canvas using different objects. For the creative process of each painting, I throw paint onto the canvas.

“Next, I use different tools — like rulers, sticks, pieces of cardboard, and squeegees — to drag the paint around the canvas in multiple directions to create new images, shapes and colours, drawing upon a history of abstract painting.

“This process — where I choose how the paint should be dragged on the canvas, which colours to use, and figuring out when the piece can be considered ‘finished’ — is, for me, cathartic and challenging . The resulting images, which are abstract in appearance, shift between the haunted and delicate.” Kingston-area artist Fraser Radford has worked with galleries and museums in Kingston, Toronto and Brockville, and has apprenticed with Shayne Dark, one of Canada’s prominent sculptors. He holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Art History, with a minor in Religious Studies, from Queen’s University; a Fine Arts diploma from St. Lawrence College, Brockville ON; and a post-graduate certificate in Studio Process Advancement from the Haliburton School of the Arts.His work is held in private collections and has been exhibited in numerous group shows across Ontario and the United States. He has also been published in several magazines across Canada and the U.S. Fraser was born in Brockville ON in 1987.

Hilde Lambrechts

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Hilde was born in Belgium (St-Truiden, 1961) and became a Dutch citizen (in 1982) until she made the best decision in her life and obtained Canadian citizenship in 2015. Having a background in science (PhD biology, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands, 1993) art was not on her radar till 1999, when she started carving stone as a hobby. While mainly self-taught, Hilde attended a few stone sculpting workshops with Thea de Waard in the Netherlands. Once settled in Canada, art became a life-saver. She first enrolled in ‘Figure Drawing and Painting’ with Pamela Cockcroft-Lasserre (2007-2009) and later in ‘Ceramic Sculpture’ with Jim Thomson (2009-2011) at the Ottawa School of Art. Intrigued by the wonderful possibilities of the human figure, she founded — a not-for-profit organisation promoting visual art of the human form in all media (April 2010). As the President of this organization (2010-2016), she organized 7 juried award shows in Ottawa, which now attract professional artists from across Canada and abroad.


Today, she is still functioning as the curator of Figureworks. It was the late Jim Thomson who “infected” her with the clay bug, for which there is no cure. As a visual artist, Hilde has chosen ceramic sculpture, with an emphasis on ceramic installations, as her main discipline; for her, art is a conversation and her artistic expression changes with the topic of that conversation. Since 2012, Hilde has worked as a full-time artist in her home studio and became a finalist of the RBC/CAO emerging artist award in the same year. In 2016, she became an active member of the Ottawa Guild of Potters, as its secretary and designer of ‘Populace’, a large outdoor art installation in celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday.

Hilde’s work has been shown in both solo- and (juried) group exhibits, including the New York Art Expo and the Canadian Gallery of Clay and Glass in Waterloo, Ontario. Her work is in private collections in Belgium, The Netherlands, United Kingdom and Canada, as well as in the collection of Global Affairs Canada; ‘The Bark Archive’ is on permanent display at the Canadian Embassy in Brussels, Belgium.

“Through beautiful visual stimulation I aim to open up minds of others and increase empathy, which is the key to peaceful solutions and tolerance.” — Hilde

Henriette Ethier

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Henriette Ethier  (1950) was born in Dalkeith Ontario. Ethier has participated in over 70 solo and group shows since 1975.  Her works have been shown in Ontario, Quebec, Germany and Chili.  Many of her works are part of private and public collections: (Embassade de l’État du Koweit in  Ottawa, La maison de la Culture in Gatineau and the University of Ottawa.Henriette Ethier has a Bachelor’s degree in Visual Arts and a Masters degree in Education both completed at the University of Ottawa.  Throughout the years she saw the need to pursue various courses and workshops in art to complement and nourish her knowledge and refine her skills in different fields of the artistic landscape.

This has incontestably sharpened her perception of today’s artistic debates and trends.  (Western Technical collegiate in Toronto and The Ottawa School of Arts…drawing, sculpture, painting, photography, cinema and animation films).     Ethier candidly expresses that she has learned much from the young students and adults she has encountered during her 35 years as an art teacher.  She has also given various art workshops throughout Ontario.  She admits that teaching art occupied much of her time but did not inhibit her production as a professional artist. This Ottawa artist is a member of several art associations such as BRAVO (Bureau des regroupements des artistes visuels de l’Ontario), la GNO, (Galerie du Nouvel-Ontario).Ethier presently lives in Ottawa and maintains an active production.  Photography, painting and sculpture remain an essential part of her process.

Johanna Jansen

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The balance between tension, stillness, movement, expansion, volume as natural forces continue to feed Johanna’s inspiration. This balance is under continual stress as humans relentlessly assert and exert their power to manipulate the physical and cultural forces which shape our world. As research continues to show, the effects may seemingly be innocent and of little consequence; however, slowly the earth and its many cultures are being forced to change and establish new boundaries.  Environmental climate change and the #MeToo movement are recent examples of nature and cultures responding to these abuses of power.

Johanna’s ceramic works involve methods to investigate contemplation and reflection of these forces on a smaller scale. These methods reflect and connect the four elements of life: earth, wind, fire and water with an awareness of the limitations and control she has over the process. The immediacy of unforeseen outside influences when firing ceramic works is somewhat related to the natural world reacting to the unknown effects of extreme uses of technology and carbon.

The markings created during these firing are sometimes delicate, fleeting and may suggest the impermanence of a state of being or a frame of mind. However, the tactile surfaces of these works attest that a transformation is occurring – this time caused by the very elements previously subjected and controlled by others.