My love for creating art started very young. As an adult, my mother gave me a tattered old scrapbook filled with my drawings on everything I could find—scraps of paper, the back of grocery lists, and even matchbooks! Many of them date back to the age of three. At that age, I was already showing an interest in cast shadows on all my drawn figures.
I put down my pencils for many years while working in various financial institutions and banks. It wasn’t until I was in my mid-thirties and a single mother that I decided to take the plunge and enrol in the School of Design and Visual Arts at Georgian College. It was during the three-year program that my creative curiosity to learn all I could about art was really awakened.
After graduating from Georgian, I decided to further my education with an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Wilfrid Laurier University. This was followed by a one year program in Art Therapy. It was an intensive year of self-reflection and ultimately I realized that what I really wanted to do was paint and create art.
I have attended many workshops including Haliburton School of the Arts for several summer sessions. My art has been juried into shows in Toronto, Orillia, Sudbury, and most recently Tides Contemporary Gallery, Kentville, Nova Scotia.
My choice of media has changed over the years, from pastel to acrylic on canvas and birch panels. As a former member of the Pastel Artists of Canada (PAC) I attended many workshops, conferences, and plein air sessions in beautiful New Mexico. My palette often reflects my love of the warm sienna and turquoise found there.
My recent works have items attached to the canvas to create interest, texture, and dimension. Torn paper collage is also finding its way into my newest paintings as I love exploring new ways to start a conversation visually.
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