I grew up in a house facing Howe Sound on Canada's west coast, and spent my childhood with a pencil in my hand, drawing alongside my brothers. At age 19 I started travelling and going to university, and spent the next dozen years working/playing/ studying/teaching in three regions of British Columbia, the UK and Greece. I didn’t start painting again until 18 years after receiving my BFA in Visual Arts from the University of Victoria. Since then I have worked steadily, shown and sold my work internationally, and continued chasing down new ideas until life took an unexpected turn. After a painting hiatus I moved to British Columbia’s Sunshine Coast in 2015 -- and into a house facing Howe Sound from the other direction. Life in this beautiful region has inspired me to paint again.
The natural world, particularly the wild areas of British Columbia, has always been my primary inspiration, and my practice has been all about exploring its interpretation. My natural curiosity means leaving no stone unturned, and I regularly re-visit the natural and spiritual symbols and themes that fuel my creative work.
Andrea & Coco at Smuggler Cove, Halfmoon Bay