“Painting women in all forms is my passion, whether mermaids, fairies or the human form... connecting with nature, community and/or self-discovery. I am inspired by the strength of the feminine spirit; a strength that nurtures not only the self but all that she encounters.”
“I was exposed to the world of visual art at a young age, in my birthplace, Melbourne, Australia. My mother painted in oils and sculpted, and she often encouraged me to paint along with her. After high school, I went to Ontario College of Art, where my focus was fine art. I had intended to carry on in my education to become a medical illustrator (as I also had an interest in healthcare), however, I got sidetracked and moved to the Bahamas. There, I married and had two little girls. During my six years on the island, I painted in watercolor and sold my work through local tourist galleries. I eventually returned to Canada with my daughters, whereby I went back to school to study Occupational Therapy. Throughout my education and subsequent employment in the field of healthcare, I continued to paint occasionally, mostly for my own pleasure and sanity.
In the last decade, I have been fortunate to have the time to delve more deeply into my art career. I believe that my diverse life experiences (relationships, travel, career changes, and personal interests) have positively impacted my paintings. My style is considered "whimsical", a reflection of my daily activities, thoughts, and dreams. My becoming a yoga teacher, six years ago, marked the biggest shift in my work. My current medium of choice is liquid acrylic, which gives my work fluidity while still offering rich tones.
While I still love the challenge of portrait work and the serenity of landscapes and still life, the female image has become my trademark. My "feminine spirits" have evolved from fairies to yogis to women with attitude (the girlfriend's series); all symbolizing the inner strength and grace of the female. My paintings often evoke a smile or a chuckle, as the viewer can often see elements of themselves in each.”
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