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Art Gallery

Transformation

1997 - Current

Welcome to my public portfolio. It's a lot!

As a pre-teen, I learned to draw realistically. In my teenage years, when I started misusing substances to cope with trauma and depression, my work began to shift into surrealism. No matter where I've been on my journey—from mental illness, homelessness, and substance misuse, to sobriety and stability—my art and writing have captured that.

Explore my public art portfolio by selecting a specific year or scroll down to witness how my artwork has transformed and mirrored the stages of my life.

When I was a pre-teen, I loved art and had some raw talent for drawing. My parents nurtured this talent by enrolling me into many different art classes and art schools. In these classes, I was taught to draw the world as I saw it before me.
1997 - 1999

Pre-teen Years (1997 - 1999)

Age 11 - 13

2000 - 2004

Teenage Years (2000 - 2004)

Age 14 - 18

In my teenage years, I started to use cigarettes, street drugs and alcohol as a way to self-medicate  depression. As my mental health deteriorated, and my substance use increased, my art began shifting into surrealism. I still drew the world as I saw it before me, but my perception of reality was quickly becoming distorted. At age 18, I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
2005 - 2010

Early 20's (2006 - 2010)

Age 20 - 24

In 2005 (Age 19) I crashed into a deep depression. I stopped writing and drawing. A year later, in 2006 (Age 20), I picked up a pen again. I cleaned up from hard drugs in my early 20's, however I continued to struggle with alcoholism and my mental health.
2011

2011 (Art Career Begins)

Age 25

In 2011 (Age 25), my life began to change. My art took on a new direction. I began to incorporate geometric black and white patterns into my art style. These patterns became an integral part of my work, for as I drew them, they brought on a meditative state which helped to balance out the depression and mania.

 

I officially turned my art into a business in 2011.

2012

Age 26

2012

2013

Age 27

2013

2014

Age 28

2014
2015

2015

Age 29

2016

Age 30

2016

2017

Age 31

2017

2018

Age 32

2018
2019

2019

Age 33

By 2019, I was now sober from alcohol, however I had begun using marijuana daily to self medicate  the side effect Parkinsonism which was being caused by one of my psych meds. I began to enter a drug (marijuana) induced psychosis, which prompted my pieces to once again become even more surrealistic. I also began keeping little sketchbooks that I call Art as Therapy. Although all my art has always been a form of therapy, the purpose of these sketchbooks was to let go of technique, subject matter, creating larger pieces with the intent to sell, and start creating less time consuming pieces just for myself again.

2019

Art as Therapy: Triggers Journal (Age 33)

2020

2019 - 2020

Art as Therapy: Madness Journal (Age 33)

My Art as Therapy sketchbooks continued in 2020. I only created a few larger pieces that year as a drug (marijuana) induced psychosis, that had begun in 2019, engulfed me. Covid didn't help. Isolation drove me further into using, finding excitement, joy and peace in the world my psyche was creating. Through quotes, writing, and illustrations, my Art as Therapy books touch upon the world I was living in. I had a slip with alcohol in February 2020 and have been sober again since then.

2020

Age 34

2020

Art as Therapy: Conversations with the Algorithms (Age 34)

2021

2020 - 2021

Art as Therapy: Navigating Wonderland (Age 35)

My Art as Therapy sketchbooks carried over into 2021 as I lived with and then exited a drug (marijuana) induced psychosis that had begun in 2019. There was a lot of pain that year. My Art as Therapy continued to capture my journey in quotes, writing and illustrations. In 2021, I chose to get off marijuana. I also opened up commissions again.

2021

Age 35

2022

2022

Age 36

In 2022, my Art as Therapy sketchbooks became a way to process the psychosis I'd experienced from 2019 to 2021 as well as the pain of its aftermath. I started experiencing a bit of an art block. I remained open to commissions however. Within my current Art as Therapy book, in 2022, I wrote a short 15 page graphic novel called: Escaping Wonderland.

2021- 2023

Art as Therapy: Work in Progress - Currently Untitled (Age 35 - 37)

2023

In 2023, I am still experiencing a bit of an art block. Commissions are open however. This year I gained casual employment in health care doing mental health peer support. I am grateful to see our medical system recognizing the value of lived experience.

 

I love creating art, but it's the mental health advocacy aspect of my business that fuels me. My visual art and writing are avenues that allow me to challenge stigma, connect with others, offer hope, and share the things I've learned on my journey.

 

In 2023, I applied for my first ever solo show. My proposal was accepted, which is very exciting for me. The details of this show have not been publicly announced yet, but they will be soon! It's scheduled for April 2024.

2023

Age 37

In the twelve years since I officially turned my art into a career, I've gained an adequate amount of recognition through licensing, publications and having my products in retail locations. My technique and style continue to evolve, as does my subject matter. My art has, and I'm sure always will be, a reflection of my life. I look forward to seeing what I create next!

 

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Read my Biography & check out my Blog:


 

Or watch me tell more of my story, accompanied by a slideshow of art and photographs, in my 2019 talk:


 

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