About the Book
With the 2018 political climate in North America coupled with the #metoo movement, I knew I wanted to place a positive spin on a negative comment about a woman. I am the mother of two independent, strong young women and I could not let them see me step aside from anything that might be upsetting, especially as I am privileged to belong to a large multi-cultural family and feel so strongly about equality and acceptance for everyone. I kept thinking, ‘What can I do?’ and I don’t know why I didn't immediately connect the fact that art has been a catalyst of change for so long, and in this way, the best way I know how to use my voice, I hope to empower other women to show up and be brave in their lives. And so the Nasty Women project began.
I grew up in the most beautiful place in northern Manitoba, surrounded by the Churchill River and boreal forests. Though we didn't have formal art education, I did learn traditional arts and crafts from my neighborhood Cree grandmothers, like weaving, beading, moccasin making, and birch bark biting. I learned how to draw by copying the Archie comics that were prevalent in my home as my mother was from South America and these comics helped her to learn English. My father told me the comics also inspired my name. I like that. When I started out on this creative journey it was difficult to find information and support as an artist. I read a lot, talked to many professional Artists and gallery Directors, tried many different things, and I think I've finally found my artistic 'sweet spot' both in my paintings and in my creative career. This is the information I wish that I would have had access to in the beginning. I hope it helps you, too.