See my work in portfolio!
See my work in portfolio!
As a child, my favourite past time was getting my hands deep into the clay, the paint and the glue. I won a gold medal in high school for excelling in the creative arts. I went on to study art the University of Western Ontario and received a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art and then earned a Bachelor of Technology in Photography at Ryerson University in Toronto. I landed a job at the Art Gallery of Ontario as their staff photographer and immersed myself in the world of art. I photographed paintings and sculptures by some of the greats like Picasso, and Van Gogh, I shot portraits of some famous celebrities like Pierre Eliot Trudeau and Alex Coleville. Working full time and becoming a single mother of two small children, life got a little faster and painting seriously became a distant dream. It was a passion I kept simmering on the back burner of my mind. I always kept the idea of painting full time close to my heart, knowing some day it would be my time. Well it's here! For the past year, I have been jumping out of bed in joy, slurping coffee on the way to my studio room in my home, anticipating the freedom of an artistic day ahead of me.
Painting is my forte. I have experimented with many different kinds of paint including acrylics and water colour. My favourite by far is oil paint. It took me a long time to come home to oil paint and once I got here I can appreciate it's superiority. Oil paint is a slow drying paint where the particles of coloured pigment are held in a traditional medium like linseed oil. Now a days, modern mediums are available like Liquin by Windsor Newton, that not only enhances fine detail, but also reduces the drying time, to less than a week. Oil paint retains it's vivid colours, and clear definition, from the moment the paint is applied, to centuries later. A lot of paints dry down, meaning they are vibrant when they are applied, but dull as they dry. This is not the case with oil paint. The colours stay true and unaltered from the moment they are applied. Oil paint provides more flexibility of achieving various effects too. It can be applied in opaque or transparent strokes and can be built up in layers, each layer blending in with the next. Oil paint can also be applied thickly with little risk of it cracking over time. You can achieve rich tonal depth with oil paint that can not be achieved with other mediums. There is something deeply satisfying about painting in oils for me. It is the perfect medium for me to express without struggling with my medium.
One of my great joys is gardening and watching my flowers blossom. Photographing flowers and gardens, trees and birds has been something I have been doing for years. My photographs are the reference material, that I use, to create my paintings. I work out a lot of my compositions directly in my camera. I like the way the light hits the pedals, and the subtle change in colours and tonalities in the shadows. I am over 65, and I am now painting the best paintings of my life! The process of developing an idea for a painting and bringing it to fruition is extraordinary. I hope my viewer finds my work exhilarating to look at. My intention is just that, to create something beautiful, and exciting to look at. I am painting steadily, daily, and with enthusiasm. I get up and can't wait to paint each day! I am honing my craft, playing with the paint and mastering how it moves. I am discovering who I am as a painter. As I paint, my individual genius is showing up and the best paintings of my life are now emerging from within me. I am painting in the state of flow, of higher consciousness, more and more now. I am really enjoying this painting state and look forward to it everyday.
Whow this is exciting, sharing my thoughts on art and life. I hope you are as excited about art and life as I am.