As an only child in a family of graphic designers (the infamous Ralph Tibbles who designed the Canada Wordmark, my uncle), I was driven to create.
As a teen, it appeared to me that graphic design was a viable way to make a living, so with no hesitation I set off to OCAD at 17 (known as OCA at the time). I wasn’t there long before, in my 2nd year, I discovered that I was NOT a graphic designer. However, the feasibility of being a fine artist seemed unconscionable to my young mind. So I completed my four years there and left that dream behind.
Next, I set off to the University of Guelph to pursue a bachelor’s degree, which my Latvian father viewed as my ticket to all things stable and good. I graduated with an honours degree in Fine Art and Psychology.
Time passed and I became the proud mother of two sons, Max and Noah. When they were very young I attended teachers college, and in 2002 entered the field of teaching. Over the years I have had the pleasure to learn from, and with, aspiring artists in their pre-teen to teen years.
In 2011, I was ecstatic to find a home in Guelph with a separate studio at the back of the property. Now I was out of excuses as to why I wasn’t painting, and it was at this time that my journey as an artist truly began. So much time had passed and so many questions remained unanswered. Who was I as a painter? What did I want to express?
So I started my journey exploring my abstract side, painting exclusively on canvas using acrylic as my medium. I had a solo show in Toronto at Bending Spoons Gallery, and sold most of my work in the first night. This both surprised and motivated me to keep moving forward!
2012 became the pursuit of all things decorative. Having always been fascinated with design and interiors, I experimented with damasks and my work became highly detailed. William Morris was my muse. This detailed work led me to a switch in mediums moving to painting on board, as canvas was too bouncy for the amount of detail I was trying to achieve. This was also the year that I became a member of the Guelph Studio Tour.
In 2013 further discoveries took place. Yoga found me, and I believe that this kick started a deeper, intentional process of understanding who I am becoming. I spent a great deal of time painting and drawing pieces that represented the natural world. Trees, flowers, insects, amphibians and organic form became my focus. I also switched to pen and ink as my detail intensified.
Finding myself in 2014, I am extremely excited about creating a new body of work, which I believe will be truest to my core. An environmentalist at heart, I am deeply troubled with the state of the natural world around us. It is from this environmental perspective that I will be painting this year. Frustration, wonder, anger, awe are all subjects that I will be pursuing. The environment is such a passion of mine that it cannot help but spill out onto my boards. I am looking forward to what will manifest as a more concrete expression of my passion in the coming year. As a new member of the Whitestone, I can’t think of a better place to present this.