Creating is an essential part of my life and painting is the vehicle to my creativity. Choosing to work in a contemporary style, I like to present a diverse collection of both style and images in acrylic, watercolour and mixed media.
Often taking inspiration from the lakeside views, my home studio, the Shoreline Art Studio, displays my original paintings which echo the “shoreline seasons”. These seasons include fresh springtime sights, summer beach scenes, colourful autumn landscapes and even winter’s solitude at the lake. Sometimes reflecting a sense of “impressionistic realism” my artwork represents the immediacy of a moment. The process “from soul to hand” is my attempt to manipulate those moments on paper or canvas in shapes and colours to create a visual impact that I hope the viewer enjoys. When the piece is complete, it is my intention to express and reveal an experienced artist’s interpretation of feelings, emotions and artistic individuality.
As a professional artist, I value the opportunity to continue to learn different techniques from instructors, at home and abroad; to be represented by a gallery; to attain juried acceptance in shows; to teach others and to share my passion for art and painting with others. These encounters, events and artistic endeavours, I feel, are integral to continue to grow as an individual and artist.
Represented by Arts Place Art Gallery, 714 King Street, Port Colborne
Member of the following Art Organizations:
- Pennsylvania Watercolour Society, Hershey, PA
- Niagara Frontier Watercolour Society, Buffalo, NY
- Board Member, Pelham Art Festival, Pelham, ON
- South Niagara Studio Tour Committee
- Pelham Art Association, Pelham, ON
- Niagara Pumphouse Art Centre, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON
- Past Board Member – Fort Erie Arts Council, Fort Erie, ON
Red Ribbon Art Exhibit, Fort Erie, ON 2007, 2008, 2009
2nd Place Award, Watercolours, Rose Festival Juried Art Show 2006
1st Place Award, Scenes of Welland, Rose Festival Juried Art show, 2003
Rose Festival Juried Art Show, Welland, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009
Pelham Art Association Juried Shows, 2003, 2004
Roselawn Juried Art Show, Port Colborne, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2006
- “Guatemalan Impressions, Artwork Inspired by the Sights and People of Guatemala”, The Kennedy Gallery, St. Catharines, ON April 2009
- “Expressions” Solo Exhibit, Arts Place Gallery, November 2007
Niagara Pumphouse Studio Tour, May 2007
- “Art in the Garage” Show, St. Catharines, ON, October 2006
- “At Home & Abroad” Exhibition, Arts Place Gallery, April 2005
Primarily self-taught, I have studied with and participated in workshops by various nationally known artists and authors including Barbara Nechis, (Napa Valley, California), Margaret Martin (Buffalo NY), Jan Hart (Espanola, New Mexico), Jeanne Carbonetti (Burlington, Vermont), Robert Burridge, (California), Jean Grastorf, (St. Petersburg, FL), Betsy Dillard Stroud (Texas), Jane E. Jones (Texas), Pat Dews, Florida as well as with local artists from the Niagara Region. My passion for creating art has led me to diverse and indigenous cultures as well as picturesque destinations such as Westport, County Mayo, Ireland; Spain; Italy; France; Santa Fe, New Mexico; Coastal Maine; New England areas; North Carolina; Ghost Ranch, New Mexico, the highlands of Guatemala, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico and Oaxaca, Mexico.
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