I have been a professional artist for many years and have many bodies of works which are all original in nature. I get great joy out of taking the expected and making it unexpected. I am deeply committed to my art work and paint every day in my studio.
I was born, raised and have lived my adult life in Ottawa, I have had a life-long love of art. My mentor, a professional artist and Mother of a dear friend, coached and encouraged me for many years to explore various forms of art media. This coach herself studied under Henri Masson which gave her such pride. I have experimented with pottery and sculpture but always return to my first love - painting.
I always enjoy being part of the Art shows, it’s a wonderful way to connect with other artists and network with them. Also, the monthly meetings at the various Art Groups are always wonderful to attend. They usually have an interesting artist speaker who show us their various types of works which is so stimulating for the group.
I have taken many design courses at Algonquin College, St. Lawrence College and am constantly taking workshops to be constantly learning. It’s always nice to work with other professionals, critique each other’s work, discuss new techniques and learn about new products.
My paintings are always chosen to advertise the upcoming shows or for brochures for other types of advertizing. Sometimes I don’t even realize it until the brochure has been published. It’s always nice to be respected by your peers. Several of my paintings have been made into cards and are being sold throughout the city. I also have many of my paintings hanging in different venues such as restaurants, theatres and spas.
Currently I’m painting with acrylics which I really enjoy because they dry so quickly and make layering and glazing nice techniques to use on my paintings. I also do paint with oils but not that frequently anymore.