Though I was born in Vancouver, I consider myself an island girl. I was raised in the mid-island. As a child with creative parents, I was encouraged to explore many arts and crafts. I was put into art classes around at age of 10. The teacher was a local Nanoose Bay artist who instructed us in drawing and oil painting. My dad even made me a pochade box from an old record player. While my paintings were horrible, I did win awards for many years for my original posters to sell girl guide cookies.
After completing a Masters Degree in Museum Studies in Toronto, I returned to the island to work as a museum curator. My work life has included the researching, developing and producing educational exhibitions, programs and publications primarily on historical topics. Only recently has my work moved me towards the visual arts. My work now focuses on developing cultural policy for the provincial government and coordinating loans for an art collection.
I jumped on the adult colouring book trend in 2015 to meditate on mandalas but quickly got bored of colouring someone else’s creations. With pencil and compass, I started creating my own circular works of art which I coloured with alcohol markers. Within a couple years I morphed into using water-based media only.
While initially self taught, I have studied drawing with Jack Southern, watercolour with Joanne Thomsen and Wendy Welch as well as Chinese brush painting with Andy Lou. I recently was introduced to gouache (opaque watercolour) which I really love to work with.
I find that I love the process of selecting a subject, studying it, observing the shapes, highlights and shadows. I love the challenge of sketching it in pencil and in a loose sketch before setting out to prepare the final work.