Artist Message

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Before I could walk, I held a crayon and made marks, often in places that my Mother did not appreciate. I could not stop then as I cannot stop now. My high school Art instructor tried to push me beyond my interest in realism and mockingly called me a “human photocopier”. He meant it as an insult, but I could not think of higher praise.
I have drawn and painted all my life, but it was only after I began to create Art about and for my 2 beautiful children that I became serious about being an artist. My first published paintings are illustrations for the children’s book “Feathers” and many of the scenes use my children as models for the images.
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In addition to painting, I have worked as a social worker for 27 years. Each year for the past 8 years, I have taken a mini sabbatical from work and family to participate in intensive workshops progressively farther and farther afield.  I have had the opportunity to work with some of my favourite contemporary watercolour artists from around the world: Elizabeth Kincaid, Birgit O’Connor, Tom Lynch, Paul Jackson and Soon Y. Warren. These workshops have taken place in beautiful settings: Mendocino California, Cape Cod Massachusetts, Paris and Southern France, throughout Italy including Venice and last but not least Bonnie Scotland!.
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I now work primarily in watercolour which facilitates my exploration of colour, composition, value and form. I have been given tremendous opportunities to instruct, to have my Art featured in books and on film, and to travel throughout North America, Tunisia and Europe. I want to thank my family and friends for their support and encouragement to pursue my dreams.

What an incredible journey!