The Beautiful Mind

As a neuroscientist in training, I spend a lot of my time thinking about brains. So, in line with my current series redesigning body systems to emphasis their beauty, I made a watercolor on paper of the brain.

If you look closely, you can pick out the cerebellum, the pituitary gland, the pons, and kind of the corpus callosum :)




I’ve recently been listening to Daughter on repeat, and her song “Youth” combined with some personal events inspired this watercolor painting. I’m hoping to do a series of similar paintings, so stay tuned!

“And if you’re still breathing, you’re the lucky ones. Most of us are heaving through corrupted lungs.” – Youth, by Daughter. (



#JustOneThing -Faces of Mental Illness

Let’s talk.

Not about the latest award show, or grumpy cat, or Game of Thrones, although we can certainly talk about that later.

Let’s talk about that one thing that everyone knows, that everyone hears, and sees. That thing on the tip of your tongue waiting to turn into speech but somehow the words just can’t leap free. Everyone is affected, and everyone shuts it out.

I’m talking about mental illness. Anxiety, stress, depression, addiction. A countless spectrum of disorders that touches the lives of every person, but for some reason remains stigmatized in society. I know, I hate to say it but I am part of the problem too. I have my fair share of loved ones that suffer in silence from a mental illness, and I feel too paralyzed to say anything to them, knowing the label is far worse than suffering alone. I fear their reaction to hearing the truth. That is why I created a poster campaign, because I want to turn my silence into words and break that loneliness that surrounds people with mental illness. For me, even if just one person will see these posters and know they aren’t alone, that would be enough. I’m hoping by including facts about different disorders people will begin to realize that mental illness is not some imagined plight but rather a real, physical, biological issue.

Each poster was done with pencil and watercolour paints on watercolour paper and then scanned. The goal of this campaign was to juxtapose a mental illness and the facts around it with a real person, that anyone could relate to. The paintings are meant to look like mugshots. This was to illustrate how someone may feel in sharing their mental illness, such as exposed, vulnerable, or judged. The sign acts as a label that colors how we see the person. All of this was done to visibly represent stigma, and hopefully by including relate able faces of real people it can show how wrong that stigma is.

Posters will be up all over Carleton campus, and voting for each campaign will occur at the end of March. All #JustOneThing campaigns are available on Facebook, so please check them out.


Right now is just a preview, but here will be some of the faces of mental illness:


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Beyond Arts Marketplace

Last year in May I had the honour of being a part of the Beyond Arts Marketplace art show. It was an amazing experience, I met so many great people, and very exciting to see all my hard work displayed in one place.

I had both paintings and photographs in the show, so it was nice to combine both of those mediums.

I mean, who doesn’t like art, interesting people, and wine?





Practice in Portraiture

Well I decided to practice with portraiture and on such short notice during Christmas the most convenient model to use was myself! Hopefully this will tie into a bigger project that I am currently working on.

Here is the first painting and original photograph, let me know what you think!


Painting, oil on canvas

Painting, oil on canvas

Original photograph

Original photograph

Determining a Nation

Determining a Nation

This painting is my favourite so far. It is huge, about 36x42inches, and is oil on canvas. It was shown in the Brain and Mental Health art show in Ottawa, which can be seen here:

We’ve all been this little girl, with a big city reflects in our eyes and hearts.

Life in Colour

Hey readers! Sorry for a lack of posts lately, school has been somewhat crazy and unfortunately my camera is temporarily broken. So Ottawa Style is on a temporary hiatus, at least until I can fix my camera.

In the meantime, here is a watercolor done mostly to procrastinate from homework, based loosely off of a portrait in a magazine. By loosely, I mean the structure of the face was used but that it about all. It was really just a chance to experiment with watercolour paints (typically not my strong suit) and colours. Enjoy!

Life in Colour



Who’s Going to Save the World?

Hey all,

Here’s another oil painting (18×24) I completed not that long ago, originally based off of a friend’s request and photo here:

I ended up naming it “Who’s Going to Save the World?” because I firmly believe that education can solve the majority of the major issues in the world right now. It is so important, and so often overlooked!

Who's Going to Save the World?

Sorry for the watermark everyone!


Waving Flag

When I get older, I will be stronger, they’ll call me freedom, just like a waving flag–K’naan

This painting is the first I had ever done in oil and was my first complete painting. It was inspired by the lyrics to that song and this image here:

It’s very sentimental, I hope you enjoy :)

Waving Flag


Audrey Hepburn meets Andy Warhol

I have always fiercely admired Audrey Hepburn. Breakfast at Tiffany’s, anyone? She just has a timeless grace and style to her that is so beautiful. I’ve always wanted to do a portrait of her, and so I decided to make my portrait in a mock style of Andy Warhol’s screen printing. I love his use of simplicity and colour to deliver a powerful portrait. So here it is, a different take on Audrey Hepburn:


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