Occasionally a painting arrives as if coming from a place within the artist that was not previously discovered. This event is pure joy. Much painting is hard work that is imperative and torturous.
I have always made things. I studied art history in university and looked at art. In mid-life I began to take art classes in the community, from Extension Division at U of Saskatchewan, and at Emma Lake and started seriously painting.
My first love as a painter is the countless possible processes and tools for applying paint to a surface. I work mainly in acrylics and oils in the studio and travel with watercolour and my ipad sketchbook. My work is expressionistic in style and aims to reconcile the tensions created by the juxtaposition of abstract and representational elements.
Living in country with dramatic seasonal variation has directed the inspiration and location of my work. In the summer I paint in the boreal forest and in my garden. In the winter I create in my studio and escape when I can to the gathering of foreign images of markets and warmth.
Participating for several years in classes, residencies and the Artists Workshops at Emma Lake Kenderdine Campus I was introduced to the work and benefitted from the critique and inspiration of guest artists including Elizabeth McIntosh, David Alexander, Kim Dorland, Monica Tapp, Lorna Russell, Wynona Mulcaster, Degen Lindner. The workshop participants included established artists from across Canada. In different ways I was influenced by all of these contacts: a substantive critique, a passing comment, my observation of their work, an artists' talk, a casual discussion.
I was born in Ontario, completed formal education in Ottawa (B.A. Art History and B.Ed.) and in Saskatoon (MEd) where I have lived and worked over half of my life. I have family roots in Saskatchewan that extend more than 100 years which have motivated me to visually explore this land.
Rouge Gallery Saskatoon has carried my work since 2006. I was represented by McIntyre Gallery formerly of Regina from 2008-2012. I am a member of artistsincanada and Sk Network for Art Collecting.