Creating and making things has been part of my life as far back as I can remember. My memories range from the time I was about five and I accidentally melted my older sisters crayons creating a marvellous wax abstract I remember to this day to making an abstract painting from an old card table top and orange paint to hang on an ugly apartment wall when I was twenty.
The intersections are numerous, but my earliest defining experience was when my father took me to see a Van Gogh exhibit when I was eight. I was enthralled and knew from that moment I wanted to be an artist.
I was able to formally start on my artist’s journey when I was in my twenties. I took numerous classes including drawing, watercolour painting and papier-mâché at The Winnipeg Art Gallery as well as other places. Indeed, I took classes whenever time permitted and painted when I could.
I fondly remember painting in ditches and fields with artist, Valerie Ryan, who later moved to Ottawa. Valerie was one of my first art teachers. She introduced me to landscape painting, which continues to be my preferred genre.
Even though I’ve pursued other challenges such as raising a family, studying classical piano and obtaining two university degrees I’ve always come back to painting.
I like the magic of painting, of looking for the underlying dynamics in situations and the discernible patterns they form to create a new way of seeing and understanding.
I like the physicality of painting, the feel of the brushes loaded with colour and the movement required to create the painting.
I like mystery, the contradiction of wanting to pull back the layers yet wanting to contemplate the possibilities. There is a certain excitement in not knowing, in leaving room to imagine. For me, the world is filled with mysteries and painting is my way of understanding mystery and creating it myself.
And I simply love colours, rhythms, movement and how it interweaves with music to create paintings.
I further realized my dream of being an artist when my husband and I purchased a cottage in the Canadian Shield in North-western Ontario near the Manitoba border. The landscape is rugged and wild, thus providing lots of opportunities for painting and photography. Currently, it is the inspiration for many, but not all, of my landscape paintings.
I continually take photos to paint in my city studio whenever something catches my eye — the way the sun lights up the landscape, shapes that appear and disappear, colour. I even paint using photos I’ve taken from the car when we travel.
I paint ‘en plein air’ in the summer at the lake, but otherwise paint in my studio from the many reference photos I’ve taken. I mainly use oil and watercolours on canvas and paper, but continue to experiment with other media.
I love sipping my morning coffee and reading before I do anything else. In the summer at the lake I have my coffee on the deck and absorb nature, no reading. It is sublime.
I usually paint in the morning and again the afternoon when possible. I keep my paints organized and ready so I can get into creative mode as soon as I go into my studio or grab my outdoor painting kit.
I always listen to music when I’m painting and often select songs to suit the mood I’m creating with paint. I even listen to music when I paint outside! I’m a huge fan of electric blues and have an ever-evolving playlist, which I listen to when painting, but include some classical and current music that has caught my interest.
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While each painting I create is unique, it is also part of my on-going visual inquiry into the ways nature continually changes and reveals different patterns, shapes, colours and energy. Please look around my website and get back to me with any questions.
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