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In Spring 2016 I completed my undergraduate degree in the Bachelor of Fine Arts program at the University of Ottawa, my chosen disciplines being drawing and painting. Since graduating I have continued creating both abstract and illustrative works. In my abstract works I aim to create an overall sensation for the viewer, whether it be by scale, distortion, or immersion. I combine organic, free-flowing paint with the interference of detailed pattern added by hand. These approaches create various senses of movement and time, resulting in weaving confusion between foreground and background. The organic quality of paint is connected to the biological source imagery of my work, each flowing in and around details added throughout my process. These qualities of my work are intended to evoke a shared experience and show the importance of visual aspects on mental states. My illustrations have central themes of animals, pattern, and bright colours. These three components are things that make both myself and most other people feel happy.
For Inka Shade, I’ve chosen to create a mix of overall patterns with illustrations of animals and garden creatures. I’m often drawn to the little things that are commonly missed in nature, such as moss, small bugs, textures on petals, or the way leaves float gently to the ground. I believe my attention to detail partners well with the countless little wonders found outdoors.