Before I could walk, I held a crayon and made marks, often in places that my Mother did not appreciate (on her walls!). 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.
In addition to painting, I have worked as a social worker for over 30 years. Each year since 2008, 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, Mexico, Paris and Southern France, throughout Italy including Venice and last but not least Bonnie Scotland!
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 unwavering support and encouragement to pursue my dreams.
What an incredible journey!