I have always wanted to draw and paint and I’ve dabbled in many art forms over the years while making a living as a writer and graphic designer. Since moving to BC from Ontario in 2008, my love for making art has been supercharged. There is certainly no shortage of inspiration here. Landscapes, flowers and wildlife – especially our local birds – are my primary subjects, although I often am drawn to interesting buildings too.
I love texture and colour. And flowers! My paintings are inspired by rambling, colourful gardens or vases overflowing with brightly coloured blooms. I paint in acrylic and often embellish with torn paper and fibres.
In my previous life I owned a book store, worked as a teacher-librarian, reviewed books, and taught future teacher-librarians at UBC. I retired and thought I would write a book. But no! I took an art course at TOSH and was hooked! Many courses later, I still find joy in painting!
My art is intuitive. No plan. No drawing. I may begin with an idea or a colour. After years of working within a strict timetable, I find that I deeply appreciate the freedom of simply responding to a painting as it progresses.
I used to teach art to little kids. Now I get to be that little kid, and play!
“My early years were spent in Australia prior to moving to Canada; both countries influence my paintings. After retiring to the Island I took advantage of the wealth of artistic talent and teaching here to further my painting knowledge. I work in acrylics and mostly paint from photographs in a fairly loose and sometimes slightly abstract style. TOSH, MAC and DeCosmos have been great support to me along the way…..the journey continues…”