I am a Montreal-based visual artist who creates original works on paper. My art is rooted in my Métis heritage and my passion for the natural world, particularly plants.

My French ancestors were two of the first 300 colonists to arrive in Hochelaga (now Montréal) in the 1640s. My First Nations ancestors were women who formed unions with French “coureurs de bois” and “voyageurs” as they pushed west in search of furs. My Métis ancestors helped found the first Métis Nation in the Red River district of what is now Manitoba.

I became fascinated with the order, beauty and life-cycles of the natural world at a young age, trekking across the Saskatchewan prairie with my naturalist mother. This fascination grew into a passion for healing with herbs, harvesting wild plants for food and cultivating large-scale gardens. I became a plant scientist. Later on, I set up a studio and began using the repeat patterns in nature to create a visual language based on historically important plants. I became an artist. Today I use that language, and a self-made low-toxicity toolkit of art-making techniques, to create process-based works that tell our ancestral story and honour plants as the basis of life on earth.

I was an artist fellow at Montréal, arts interclturels (MAI) in 2016-2017, during which time I was mentored by curator and artist France Trépanier. I was the recipient of a second MAI grant in 2017-2018. Also in 2017, Felicia Gay curated a show of my work at Wanuskewin Heritage Park near Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Finally, I was awarded a $20,000 grant by the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and the Conseil des arts de Montréal under their 2016-2017 Montreal – Support for Aboriginal Professional Artists and Writers programme. 

Over the years, my work has been shown in both Canada and the USA, and is held by collectors in Montréal, Toronto, Saskatoon, Calgary and Strasbourg (France).

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