I am a free-spirited British-born Jamaican Canadian abstract and mixed media artist based in Toronto. I am a trained Sociocultural Anthropologist, who believes as humans, art is a manifestation of our curiosity about the material world and, as such, an essential part of what it means to be human. When I explore this relationship between art and the human experience, I borrow from Intuitive and Tactile Art forms. My work is characterized by a dense network of crisscrossing lines separating rectangles of multiple shapes, made of different materials, earthy and celestial colours and textures from my use of materials such as sand and stone. Viewers of my work are stimulated through an alternation of physical and visual surfaces.
I received formal training as an artist from an Intuitive Abstract Workshop in the Spring of 2019 and ongoing private coaching sessions from a mentor. I received an MA in Anthropological Research from the University of Manchester in England. I also hold honours degrees in Social-Cultural Anthropology and Administrative Studies from York University in Toronto, Ontario and a Media Writing Diploma from Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario.
My Urban Organic Series paintings (Urbanite, Washout, and Drop) were featured in a Collective Art Show hosted by the Van Gogh Art Gallery in Madrid, Spain, in April/May 2021. The Ordinary Affects paintings (Peeling Paint, Close Affinity and Transitioning) were featured in the DE.MO Lifestyle, September 2021 exhibit hosted by the MADS Art Gallery in Milan. Urbanite, Washout, and Drop were also exhibited at the Art3F contemporary art fair in Brussels in November 2021.
Destiny has everything to do with how I became an artist. A friend suggested I take the Intuitive Art workshop to help with my writer’s block and social anxiety. When I had to write, perform or present or even learn in public, I would swing back and forward between panic and procrastination.
I always feared being exposed as an imposter. It sounds crazy, as I managed a professional career, two honours degrees and a Master’s. However, my Boogeyman was growing up an undiagnosed dyslexic with the attention span of a gnat. I spent my primary and secondary school years in special reading classes. Though, it wasn’t until I was an adult I was officially diagnosed with dyslexia and adult Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)).
The workshop helped by turning my disadvantages into advantages. I relaxed, so it was easy for me to focus. I also created without that dreaded fear of being judged. It didn’t matter if I did not perform the same as everyone else. I created incredible pieces of art that reflected who I was and not who somebody else thought I should be. The workshop was back in the Spring of 2019. I enjoyed painting that way so much that I began private lessons that Fall. Three years on, and I am still happily painting.