with the heart of an artist, I always wanted to draw and
to paint but my only instruction came from John Nagy Learn
to Draw and Paint by Numbers sets. In my mid-30s, I
dabbled at art for a couple of years; however, it took a
move to Muskoka (Ontario, Canada) and semi-retirement in
2010 for me to pursue my passion. Here, surrounded by
walls of pink granite, guarded by tall pines I now have
the time, space and a safe haven to explore and develop
my creative gifts.
am fortunate to be part of group of artists studying
with dthe ynamic Canadian painter, Pat
Fairhead. Under Pat`s teaching and mentoring, I am
discovering who I am as an artist. To further my art
education, I receive additional training through the
Haliburton School of the Arts.
inspiration comes mostly from the natural world around
me – afternoon sunlight captured by a grove of trees,
an explosion of fiddleheads bursting forth from the
stump of an old cedar, a hillside of trilliums looking
somehow more like a convention of fairy-like creatures.
A painting subject must stir my emotions or the
resulting art will be lifeless. I recognize a spirit in
both animate and inanimate objects and I aim to express
that energy. Even when painting a still and solitary
barn or other interesting structure, I seek to show the
life force poured into the wood, bricks and mortar by
the builders or left behind by other human or animal
activity. My style ranges from realistic and
impressionistic to symbolic and whimsical.
I start planning a new painting, I most often select one
of my photographs as inspiration, trying out different
compositions in my sketchbook and determining colours
before applying paint to paper. I work primarily in
watercolour. This medium allows me to communicate my
impressions through the transparent quality of the paint
and the layering of colours to achieve a sense of
substance and depth in the finished piece.
addition to painting in watercolour, I work with Chinese
and acrylic inks to convey messages and tell stories in
a symbolic way. I use stylized silhouettes of Jack Pine
trees to represent the human element in these paintings
and choose colours to reflect the accurate mood and
message. I feel an affinity with these trees; each one
has a unique look and personality just like
I am not influenced by any particular group or style of
artists, I am attracted to the work of J.M. William
Turner, an English Romantic Impressionist painter, and I
do draw inspiration from many long-dead as well as
contemporary Master artists.
goal is to produce images that inspire, uplift, bring
joy and beauty into the world and touch the human
spirit. Beauty can exist even in the darkest places and
I will always seek to find and communicate it through my
art. People tell me my paintings draw them in and stir
them to wonder what lies beyond the horizon, hidden in
the woods, in the stillness of a barn in winter. I am a
life-long seeker and my art will constantly reflect that
search. I hope people discover something fresh, new and
exciting in what they see.
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