Ava holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from NSCAD University in Halifax and a Certificate of Adult Education from the University of Victoria. Her paintings have been exhibited nationwide, and are held in private and public collections across North America, including the Government of Yukon Permanent Art Collection, the Yukon Hospital Corporation and the Art Bank of Canada in Ottawa.
Ava’s work lies at the intersection of art and ecology, nature and spirit. She mostly makes large scale oil paintings about the land; about nature and place; nature as healer; the vast wilderness; and our human relationship to the living land. Her work addresses landscape and memory; grief, loss and recovery; longing and belonging; and the concept of entropy as related to the land.
Born on Vancouver Island, Ava grew up in the rainforests of northwest BC in Terrace. She returned to the Island for a few years after high school and moved north in 1977, first living in NWT, then Nunavut, and coming to the Yukon in 1987, where she stayed for 18 years. Ava returned to the Yukon in 2021 after living on Vancouver Island for 15 years. Ava’s work is informed and inspired by her love of the land and of the north.
Predominantly a painter, Ava also draws and makes sculptures using found, natural materials. Additionally, she holds certificates in the culinary arts, natural building, and permaculture, is an organic vegetable grower, a food forager and preserver, and worked as a cook for many years.