My paintings are a journal that document an active chase in creating memories. To do this, I have learned to value living fully alive in the moment. Growing up, my dad always had a camera - he was the guy who carried giant camcorders around on his shoulder wherever he went and taught me to take as many pictures as possible, ‘For the memories,’ and, ‘You never know when you may need references for your art someday.’ When I met my husband, he taught me to live in the moment and that the little things are as, if not more, important than the big things.
I am motivated by love stories and adventuring with my loved ones. Oftentimes this takes the form of exploring the outdoors to ‘reset’ my mind and feel human again after being indoors all day. The magic happens when I share the experience with another person. The rush of feeling fully alive comes from knowing I am a small speck in the universe, but sharing it with my favourite person in the world is exhilarating. Trying to capture these emotions in words and being pushed to creative expression is but a shadow of how I feel. I let go to fully feel and draw from the depths of my emotions to add saturation to muted colours found in nature when making colour choices.
I am deeply thankful that my collectors enjoy my work and that I can work from home. As a person of habit, I am at my creative best with some routine and environmental cues. It is both a need and desire for a warm, inviting space that motivates me to paint and design new work in a very personal signature style.
Grace’s paintings and prints can be found in private collections across Canada and the US including Toronto, Ottawa, California and Texas. Her work has been shown in online features and in solo and group exhibitions in Nova Scotia.
Grace’s art is described as romantic and freeing while being simultaneously soulful and calming. She has her A-Levels in Art & Design and Textiles Design, along with a BA (Hons) in Theatre, which set the foundation for her to approach her work from multiple creative lenses. When she is in the zone, Grace is fully immersed in her explorations and will binge one podcast after another or turn the music way up as she builds translucent layers of colour or fashions bold marks. She works primarily in acrylic on canvas. Most of these canvases are built using stretcher bars her family cuts from sustainably sourced Ontario wood.
Grace has found the place that inspires her most and has made her home in Nova Scotia, Canada with her husband. When she is not in the studio, she can be found promoting emotional health for women during pregnancy as a digital communications specialist for the University of Calgary or teaching English to children in China. She goes nuts for a good bowl of pho and will rate every bowl she tries.
University of Calgary - HOPE Study for Emotional Wellness During Pregnancy Postcard (2019)