I had a passion for pattern early on. I blame it on the wallpaper of the ‘70’s, the chintz designs in UK homes or the first time I saw the work of Klimt. Perusing a path of textile design through a college programme led me to hand paint silk scarves & bolts of fabric based on those passions as a business.
Wanting more, I found myself at a university studying fine art painting. Although I was exhibiting throughout the province (and once in NYC) the world of gallery politics squashed any aspirations.
Practical move into education was where I proudly gave a voice through visual arts to high school students for 30 years. I was able to mentor and advocate for other art teachers and University programmes through organizing conferences, speaking and writing for many Ontario Ministry initiatives (obtaining many recognition awards). I continued exhibiting in group and some solo shows with my work taking on social justice issues with me exploring installation and performance art.
It’s that love of expressing myself on a stage that threw me into the life of a vocalist and gigging on weekends (mind you I was still teaching full time, exhibiting work and raising a daughter).
Skip to the present. Being retired from the music biz and the board of education I found I had the time to dedicate to full time painting. I continued my art instructor/mentor programmes but now for adults. Once again, I find myself in the gallery mix, exhibiting through art fairs, studio tours and building connections through gallery representation.
Take a look at my CV for all the juicy details.