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, achieving the 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.
I enjoy creating works of art using both innovative and traditional techniques, with a special love for colour and texture. Many of my paintings are created intuitively, drawing upon my acquired knowledge and experience, 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. I find this process very therapeutic, as it enables me to release emotion and wonder and to express myself visually. I am familiar with heightened sensory ability that can also be “dis”-abling, which leads me to seek expression through art, because words don’t often suffice.
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.