The Wedding Series was inspired by finding my late mother’s wedding dress hanging in an empty closet, in an old dry-cleaning bag, in the family home. I was struck by the nostalgia and beauty of the dress, sixty years old, but still so pretty, and yet the plastic bag itself reminded me of a body bag. I instinctively reached for my camera and snapped photos. A few months later, back in Vancouver, I came across this series of photos, and I was startled and haunted by the imagery: innocence and death, beauty and decay. I’m pursuing this now in my painting.