Although I have always been interested in art, I did not really engage in art-making until later in life. It is the tremendous power of art to awaken and heal that drew me to start painting. Many years ago, an exhibition of centuries-old Chinese calligraphy paintings at the Seattle Asian Art Museum confirmed this intriguing power of art to transport receptive viewers to another, deeper dimension of life, to Life itself.
After studying French translation and accounting at UBC, I worked for many years in various fields including banking, freelance translation, and administration. But the urge to paint was strong and in 1997, I took a workshop offering process-oriented free-style painting. This experience again pointed to the transformative power of art. I continued taking various courses in healing through expressive arts which included movement, the use of sound, chanting, and of course painting.
In January of 2000, I came across a notice for Zen calligraphic painting with a Japanese brush master, Ari Tomita. I was mesmerized by the painting in the ad. Needless to say, I started studying Zen brush painting with great interest and enthusiasm. After this, I continued studying with Asian calligraphy masters including Alok Kwan-hang and Mrs. Tomoko Kodama.
A few years later, I joined a community centre open studio led by Patricia Baldwin where I was exposed to various Western art forms which led me to take courses in life drawing, watercolour, acrylics and printmaking. Abstract and lyrical expressionism in particular have held me very captive, especially the works of Rothko and French artist Georges Mathieu. The technique of blind contour drawing too has had a profound impact on me.
Currently based in Vancouver, I spent my formative years in Kigali, Rwanda. This land of a thousand hills has always inspired a deep love and reverence for Nature. After Rwanda, I went to school in Belgium before moving to Canada. Nature and by extension the true nature of all things is the driving force behind my painting. The prospect of capturing and conveying something of this essence through painting gives me tremendous joy.
To date, I have exhibited in various galleries including the Ferry Building and Roundhouse Community Centre, Malaspina Printmakers Gallery, the embassy of Japan in Ottawa and the Koto-ku cultural centre in Tokyo.