I started exploring abstract work in the early nineties during undergraduate studies, where I was introduced to various art movements of Western art history including the tenets of modernism. Modernist practices, which set aside artistic traditions of the past in favor of experimentation, caught my interest at the time. Although the age of modern painting began in the 19th century, I was particularly drawn to work produced in the latter half of the 20th century i.e., Color Field, Geometric Abstraction and the work of the New York School. My fascination with modern and contemporary art practices consumed me through graduate studies and continues to this day.
My affinity with Indigenous art history (pre-Modern art) is equally important in my exploration of non-objective art, which includes recognizing parallels between Indigenous and modern abstract painting. While the creative use of form and visual language in each genre is very distinctive, these great artistic traditions remain a source of inspiration and a point of departure for my own work.