Pieces of me
I feel I had a fairly common suburban life growing up. We lived in a small city, I went to a public school, and had a best friend. We had a babysitter who cared for my brothers and I after school, grandparents who lived a couple hours away, and two working parents. Looking back now, sifting through my memories, as my children make their own, my memory is my inspiration for creating these portraits. Some of the examples of the memories I have recreated in my images are collecting worms while my mother was gardening, the feeling of gathering leaves as a child in Canada’s autumn, and the carefree feeling created by blowing dandelion fluff in the wind.
I create art because I feel compelled to, because I want to share how I uniquely see beauty. I have wanted to be an artist ever since I was young. In my youth, I started drawing and painting. For a time I was also a silversmith and jewelry artist. I became a portrait photographer because I wanted to connect with other people. At that time in my life, I was a young mother of two children and was naturally drawn to them as my subject matter, and I still am.
My children, my daily life, the natural world, and my memories inspire me to create art, and have since I started photography five years ago.
My project is a fine art portrait study of children between the ages of three and eleven years old. It is unique to my feelings and memories from my childhood. Each feeling and memory is the basis for the creation of a portrait of a child.
I would like to impart my childhood experiences with the children that I work with, and my own children. I want children to see the natural world with wonderment and beauty. Also it's a way to relive my own childhood.