Acrylic~Encaustic~Mixed Media Artist
I am a local Artist that was born in Hamilton, but I spent most of my childhood and youth in northern Ontario, living and working at our family owned fishing lodge on Sandy Island , Lake Nipissing.
After graduating from Sheridan College from the Classical Animation program, I did some freelance work before getting married shortly after. As my family quickly grew, raising four children became my main focus. I worked for many years at a local Garden Centre-Nursery, and later became an award winning Floral Designer, and loved working in this field immensely .
In 2006, a serious spinal injury and subsequent surgery left me with some physical limitations that made it impossible to return to this kind of work. After a lengthy recovery period and with great encouragement from my wonderful husband and family, in 2008 I returned to my passion for art and started painting . I am self taught in Acrylics and Soft Pastels, and I also work in Encaustic mixed media as well. I have been teaching these creative art forms at the Art Gallery of Burlington, Capitol Arts Market , Artists Workshop, and in my home studio as well.
I have had a great response to my work, and my art can be found in various parts of Canada, United States, and Europe. My work has also been showcased in the Art Gallery of Hamilton, Dingham Gallery, Toronto, Fieldcote Museum, Ancaster, and the Carnegie Gallery, Dundas. Over the years I have been awarded 3 People’s Choice Awards .
In June of 2015, I spent a month in Italy as Artist in Residence at Palazzo Rinaldi, in the Village of Noepoli, Basilicata Region, Italy. It was an amazing experience! I have also participated in several Art Shows and Studio Tours in the area. Oakville Art in the Park, Pelham Art Festival, Bon Echo Provincial Park , and Dundas Art in the Park, to name a few.
I am the past president of the Women’s Art Association of Hamilton, of which I have been a member since 2008. In 2014-2015, I was awarded the Hamilton Wentworth Heritage Award and The Ontario Volunteer Award, both for ongoing work in the arts community.
We now live in beautiful Simcoe, Ontario. I am part of an amazing group of Artists that share a gallery space , Capitol Arts Market, in downtown Simcoe. I am looking forward to many more years of painting and creating, teaching and learning, and finding inspiration everywhere I go.
Thank you so very much for your interest,