I grew up in a small village outside of London, Ontario, and I was intent on teaching myself how to draw, even before I started kindergarten. I have always had strong sensory abilities, which have aided my development as an artist. For my B.A., I attended Western University, starting in the Visual Arts program (studio and history, top 5th percentile). Without a strong understanding of how to make a living as an artist, I shifted to academics and excelled in research and writing. After graduating with a B.A. in Classical Studies. I then raised 3 children, went on to earn a masters’ degree (M.T.S.), and finally, a B.Ed., after which I started painting professionally. I am convinced that the rest of my life will be more rich and meaningful through using my artistic gifts.
Currently, I live in Bracebridge, Ontario, and I am continually inspired by the beauty of the nature that surrounds me in Muskoka.
With a special love for colour and texture, I create while drawing upon my acquired knowledge and experience, using both innovative and traditional techniques. However, I seek whenever possible to paint intuitively, because too much careful planning can interfere with the creative outflow. If I have an idea that must include planning, then I leave room for discovery and invention.
This process is very therapeutic, as it enables me to release emotion and wonder and to express myself visually. I have always lived with super-heightened sensory ability, a blessing for an artist, but it is also “dis”-abling, because it causes invisible pain and restricts my quality of life. Hence, I seek expression through art.
In my life, I find that I am happiest and more in tune with myself when I am freely able to create; hence, art gives life back to me, and gives me purpose.
Part of that purpose is using art to tell stories visually that others can interpret from similar life experiences.