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Raised in Makkovik, Labrador, I grew up surrounded by art and craft. Our matriarch, my grandmother Nellie Winters, made a living through art and craft, and has recently received an honorary doctorate from Memorial University for her contributions to Inuit art. Despite attending residential school and being forced to relocate south, she has passed down her creativity and traditional knowledge to many of her 11 children and generations of grandchildren. I credit her and my mother for my passion for art.

Through my painting I share my memories and experiences as vividly as I remember them - breathing, feeling, absorbing my life as an Inuk in Nunatsiavut. I’ve always had an intense curiosity and attention to detail, which I believe is why I gravitated towards painting. Painting allows me to achieve the realism, vivid colors and sharp contrasts that I remember.

 

The common themes you see in my work, like a woman’s working hands, or the terrain under my feet, are moments that are both grounding and exciting to me. Watching my mother sew on the couch, or walking Christine’s Hill looking for redberries, are intimate experiences that I feel deeply connected to. They are moments that I crave as a way to connect to my culture and to myself - moments of complete presentness, quiet from the noise of daily life. 

Awards 

2022

Hnatyshyn Foundation William and Meredith Saunderson Prize for Emerging Artists 

2022

NL Arts and Letters Senior Visual Arts Award Recipient

2021

ArtsNL Professional Project Grants Program Grant

2021

UNAAN Artist Program Grant, St. John's NL

2021

Arts and Minds Canada Invitational Artist in Residency Award, Tilting, NL

Exhibitions 

Group

2023

Coming into Sight, Canada Council for the Arts, Ottawa, ON

2022

Erratics, J.K. Contemporary, Fogo Island, NL

2022

Tether, Yukon Arts Center, Whitehorse, YT

2022

The Things That We Love Tell Us What We Are, J.K. Contemporary, Fogo Island, NL 

2022

Qautamaat, Art Gallery of Guelph, Guelph, ON

2020

Of Myths and Mountains, The Rooms, St. John's, NL

2019

Nunatsiavut: Our Beautiful Land, La Guilde, Montreal, QC

2019

Wish 150: Newfoundland and Labrador Cod Mosaic, The Rooms, St. John's, NL

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