I work as a full-time artist and art instructor in Calgary, Alberta. I enjoy creating art that depicts natural settings of the prairies, lake country, and the foothills. I also love depicting urban street scenes, interiors, still life and animals.
In 2014, I began plein air painting. It has opened me to a new way of seeing and living as an artist. Painting from life gives me the sensation that I’m actually ‘becoming’ the nature of my subject matter. I can become any entity – a skittish deer, among the intricate light and shadow patterns in the woods; the morning light reaching across a snowy, wind-scoured, sparkling hillside; or the unimaginably turquoise colour of a mountain lake. It’s transformative. And yet perhaps it’s also experiencing something deep inside the core of being alive. Some aspect that can’t be understood; but that is, perhaps, the basis and connection amongst all life.
As an art teacher, I believe that the ability to be artistic is not solely innate. It can also be learned and developed. Each person’s art is an expression of their unique ‘voice’ – their thoughts, emotions and beliefs. My goal is to help my students find, develop and grow confidence in the creative expression of this voice.
When I’m not in my art studio, I love to pursue creative pastimes. I enjoy exploring both Alberta and Saskatchewan – camping, and taking photos. I love to read, listen to music, attend live theatre, and spend time with my husband Steve, and our dogs.
I hope you enjoy my work.
Tel: (403) 201-6532
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3rd Place, Professional Category
‘Morning at Ghost River’ 8″x10″ Oil on Gessoboard
The Crossing at Ghost River’s 2013 Plein Air Challenge