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My current work with gyotaku looks at human relationships with fish from cultural, symbolic and ecological perspectives.

 

Gyotaku is the traditional method of printing fish, originating from Japan in the 1800's. It was a method for recording a fisher's catch. My aim is to approach the gyotaku in a sustainable and respectful manner. Using non-toxic ink the fish is printed on traditional Japanese rice paper or cotton. In some instances the fish is cleaned after printing and prepared to be eaten. In other cases I have chosen to print invasive species. I have modified a selection of gyotaku to canvas with the intent of creating variation and immediacy through composition.

 

I primarily work with gyotaku because it fits well with my interest in printmaking and my interest in nature. I am attracted to the hands-on connection with various species of plant and fish—there’s such variety of form and texture. I also appreciate that there is minimal equipment required and respect that the work is always a collaboration.

As a unique method of recording fish and marine species, gyotaku allows for a direct connection with the species that is not available through photography or painting. 

 

Each gyotaku is a reflection on our human connection with nature. They are a reminder that we share the planet with all living species and that as humans we have a responsibility in recognizing the value of the natural world. It is my my intention that these works honour that life and its habitat. 

 

My work is available through Teichert Gallery in Halifax, Nova Scotia and Harvest Gallery in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. Send me an email to inquire about purchasing and shipping details.

Gallery Exhibitions and Installations

2020

Object Histoires: Eyelevel Printed Matter Exhibition, Various Locations in NS

2020

Press, Harvest Gallery, Wolfville NS 

 

2007 - 2019

Annual Acadia Art Exhibition, Acadia University Art Gallery, Wolfville NS

2020, 2019

PreShrunk Exhibition, Argyle Fine Art Gallery, Halifax NS

2018

Sustainability Installation with Students, Noggins Corner Farm Market, Greenwich NS

2016

Apples - Exterior Installation with Students, The Noodle Guy, Port Williams NS

 

2009

Between the Pages; The Artists's Book, Corridor Gallery, Halifax NS

Small Large: Experiments with Scale - Visual Arts Nova Scotia, Acadia University Art Gallery, Wolfville NS

The 4th Annual Great Pumpkin Mosaic, Harvest Gallery, Wolfville NS

Journey, Ross Creek Centre for the Arts, Canning NS

2007

The Secret, Argyle Fine Art Gallery, Halifax NS

New Faces, Nova Scotia Art Sales and Rental, Halifax NS

 

2006

A Gathering of Visions - Recent Works by Nova Scotia Printmakers, Acadia University Art Gallery, Wolfville NS

Prints 2002 - A Benefit for the Honolulu Printmakers, Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu, Hawaii

Self Portrait Exchange Portfolio - Honolulu Printmakers and the Hui No'eau, Honolulu Academy of Arts - Honolulu, Hawaii

September 11 Memorial Portfolio - The American Print Alliance, Online and Travelling Exhibition

 

2001

Impressions - Honolulu Printmakers Annual Open Studio, Honolulu Academy of Art, Honolulu, Hawaii

Show 2000 - Canadian Artists Living in Japan, Canadian Embassy, Tokyo, Japan

 

1998

Responses, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax NS

Press Gang Show, NSCAD Anna Leonowens Gallery 11, Halifax NS

Printorama - Printmaker's Exhibition with Dan O'Neil and Bob Rogers, NSCAD Anna Leonowens Gallery 1, Halifax NS

A13 + Foundry Group Exhibition with Dennis Gill, Cumberland County Museum, Cumberland NS

1996 

Nature Reflected, Solo Exhibition Anna leonowens Gallery 

1995

From Clay to Silver - Foundry Exhibition with Catherine Ross, NSCAD Anna Leonowens Gallery 11, Halifax NS

 

1994

Printorama - Printmaker's Exhibition with Ed Porter and Bob Rogers, NSCAD Anna Leonowens Gallery 11, Halifax NS

Education

1993 - 1998

Nova Scotia College of Art and Design

Bachelor of Fine Arts (Interdisciplinary)

1991 - 1992

Sheridan College of Applied Arts and Technology

Art Fundamentals 

Art Education- Public and Private

 

2012 - 2018         

Art Specialist, The Booker School, Port Williams NS

2006 - 2021          

Private Workshops and Lessons, Private Art Studio

2008 - 2013         

Art Instruction, Wolfville Recreation Department

Art Instruction, Port Williams Elementary School       

Art Workshops for Children, Wolfville Farmers Market

Art Instruction for Camps and High School Development Workshops, Ross Creek Centre for the Arts

Summer Art Program Development, Kentville Farmers Market

Art Workshops, Horton High School

'Art and Nature' Summer Camp Development, Acadia University

Art Workshops, Grow with Art Program, Acadia University

2007

Director of Programs Community Outreach and Galleries, Ross Creek Centre for the Arts