One cannot grow up beneath the big skies of Saskatchewan and not feel an intimate connection to the land and skies. As an active outdoor enthusiast, my passion for nature is boldly expressed in colours and textures. Inspiration for my paintings is spawned in the places I have lived and traveled. My creative impulse can come from the figure-like personalities discovered in trees, the unique geography of the Crowsnest in southern Alberta, or my family’s stories. The ordinary and perhaps unnoticed is transformed into something special. When you look at my paintings, it is my hope that I have triggered a connection or emotion.
Watercolours have long been my medium of choice and as Van Morrison might put it; the waters “stoned me to my soul”. While I love their transparency and fluidity, I have added acrylics, inks, charcoal and other media to my creations. Drawing inspiration from the Abstract Expressionists, this layering of materials is more spontaneous, physical, emotional and experimental.
Residing in Calgary, I live on the edge of Fish Creek with my husband Kelly, and our sons Luke and Nolan.
My goal is making art more accessible to our community. I love to
share my knowledge and love for painting with my students, conducting adult
art lessons in Calgary. I have chosen certain organizations where I
can make a difference including the Leighton Art Centre, the Crowsnest Pass Allied Arts Association, Burns Visual Arts Society and founding member of the Foothills Artists’ Society.
I have recently accepted an appointment to the board of The Ranche at Fish
Creek Restoration Society. Our current project is the creation of the
Artisan Gardens adjacent to The Ranche Restaurant in Fish Creek Provincial
Park. Over 72 pieces of original art will be permanently displayed,
bringing together art, legacy and nature in a beautiful public space.