Colour, light, shadow and form captured in a single moment is what I strive to create in my paintings and sketches. My subjects vary from flowers to fruit and vegetables to landscapes and donuts. When I see a shaft of light hit a single leaf or when, in the luminosity of an apple, I see various hues, I am compelled to draw and paint. If two days should pass without painting I become restless.
Art has always been part of my life from a very young age. My father would bring home end rolls of paper onto which I would create my drawings as a toddler. During my childhood I was fortunate to attend children’s Saturday classes at the old Vancouver Art Gallery on Georgia Street. In my teens I took part in classes at the Vancouver School of Art (the former Emily Carr School of Art). After I completed my BA in Linguistics and Spanish and my Master’s degree in Education at SFU, I received my Diploma in Art Education from the University of British Columbia in 1999, focusing on ceramics and textiles, after which I was awarded Art Teacher of the Year. As an elementary school teacher and, later, as an art specialist, I used art across the curriculum to enhance understanding and memory.
I rediscovered my passion for painting, attending classes with a wide variety of instructors, including Jeff Wilson, Alexandra Edmonds, Colleen J. Dyson, Mike Svob, Mary Gilkerson, Patti Mollica and Ciel Ellis. Influences on my work include cooking, gardening, travel, as well as living and working in Japan, Southern California and Guatemala. I am an Active Member of the Federation of Canadian Artists-SOS and the COC.
My oil and acrylic paintings have appeared in art shows, art galleries, restaurants and wineries in Osoyoos and Oliver and have been purchased by art lovers throughout Canada and the U.S.. Picture This! Custom Framing and Gallery in Penticton, BC represents my works, open from Tuesday to Saturday.