A Little About Me

I was born and raised on the west coast of British Columbia and has lived here most of my life. I have been making art since I was a young teenager when, during a camping trip across Canada when I was twelve years old in 1972, I was exposed the early music of Pink Floyd and the surrealistic paintings and philosophies of an older artist cousin in Montreal. I became interested in fantastic illustrators such as Alan Lee, surrealists such as Rene Magritte and Salvador Dali and read the works of Tolkien, Hesse, and Kafka, to name a few. My early work reflected these influences.
After high school, in the early eighties, I continued to explore the arts and music. I painted off and on, auditioned for and got a part in a small musical play, and learned about television production by volunteering at Rogers Cable in Vancouver. In 1988 I co-wrote, co-produced and acted in a TV production called ‘The Witches of East Van’ which won local, national and international awards.
In 1993 and 1994 I attended the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design. It was there that I discovered my drawing ability even though my intent was to attend the painting program and pursue my love of colour and texture.
I have been living on Pender Island for twelve years and it is here where my artistic self has really grown and flourished. I began drawing in fine detail the small natural wonders I found in the forests and on the beaches. Last year my husband and I renovated our garage into a studio where I now paint, continuing my exploration of colour layering and textures, and draw, delving into new subjects such as animals and landscapes.
I am a mother to an eight year old boy, a singer in a local blues/rock band – Big House Voodoo (visit our fb page), an artist, and an avid lover of nature.

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