I have always enjoyed the arts. I took art in high school and dabbled off and on with painting as a young adult. During university, I took a few Art History classes while working toward an education degree from SFU and returned to school there to complete a post-graduate diploma in Fine Arts Education. Having 3 children and teaching full time led me to a personal artistic hiatus. Art has always been my escape and my stress-release. I’m happiest when I’m creating. I took a big leap in the Fall of 2019 and left a 20 year career teaching Kindergarten/Grade 1 to accept a position to teach high school art at my community school. I am loving helping the next generation explore new techniques and develop their talents. I’ve also been back in my little studio, studying and learning new techniques and creating unique paintings, functional art like cheese boards and bread boards with resin accents, and more recently, ocean-inspired jewelry. I hope you love them as much as I love making them.
I use many different mediums when painting, including resin, pigments, acrylics, foils, glass, gold leaf, alcohol inks and watercolours. Each painting is fluid in two ways-it’s a liquid, flowing medium, as well as it’s appearance is ever-changing. It looks one way immediately after I make it, but takes its own shape as it cures and settles. I also create unique, one of a kind jewelry using resin and pigments.
I enjoy travel in my spare time and my favourite places usually involve beaches, and/or warm weather. I particularly love our gulf island home on Mayne Island BC, the scenic drive up the Pacific Coast Highway from San Diego up to Oregon, and quaint little villages in Greece and Italy. Many of my pieces are directly influenced by the ocean views while visiting these places.