Inspired, I moved to Halifax, NS for university, and then to Boulder, Colorado to earn my BFA. Both schools wanted experimentation and discussion. I learned my mantra, that in twenty years if you have not succeeded then try for another twenty.
In 2005 I earned a position to teach seniors in a studio at a longterm care facility. I mainly work with the gentlemen who fought in WWII. I engage weekly in the creative process with people who never thought that they could express themselves in such a way. This job has made me better in communicating and empathy. It has also brought many questions of age, memory, personal significance and mortality to the forefront of my own art work.
There is inspiration everywhere and true learning comes from the day to day personal relationship with material. Dedicated time over years is the only way to find what that maker wants to say and how to say it. To create something meaningful.