My Studio

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About Me

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It began over 35 years ago in a hospital cancer ward. I was working there as a Social Worker when a colleague of mine casually mentioned she was going to take a university art course. My immediate thought was “I want to do that too!” I joined her. From that point on I was hooked. Art continues to be a significant and necessary part of my life. It provides me with a form of self-expression, reflection, and connection.

My art has evolved over the years. Today, I mostly paint expressive abstracts and semi-abstracts which are created intuitively using layers and layers of acrylic paint and a variety of mark making tools such as brushes, palette knives, trowels, scrapers, spatulas, tin foil, sand paper, rags, and sometimes even my fingers. My inspiration comes as much from what I see around me as from what I am experiencing internally.

When I paint, I am transported into another world. I lose all track of time. I am absorbed in the process, allowing the painting to take over and become what it wants to become. Beginning a new painting is always fun because I quickly get into turning a blank canvas into a multi-coloured first layer with wild and carefree brushstrokes and marks. I love to work in layers because it adds a richness to the painting as hints of previous layers peak through creating a sense of depth and history. My paintings usually have at least six to ten layers. This process gives me the freedom to concentrate on both subtle and bold changes as I paint, step back, paint some more, and repeat as many times as it takes to reach that magical moment when I know I have pushed it as far as I can and it is now finished. In order for this to happen, I often work on several paintings at a time so that I can approach each one several times with fresh eyes and see what I didn’t see before.

My studio is in beautiful Belleville, Ontario, Canada. I am fortunate to be a member of Gallery 121 as well as the Belleville Art Association where my work is exhibited on a regular basis. I have also entered, and been accepted into a number of Juried Art Exhibitions in Bellville, London, Trenton and Kingston, Ontario.
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My art has evolved over the years. Today, I mostly paint expressive abstracts and semi-abstracts which are created intuitively using layers and layers of acrylic paint and a variety of mark making tools such as brushes, palette knives, trowels, scrapers, spatulas, tin foil, sand paper, rags, and sometimes even my fingers. My inspiration comes as much from what I see around me as from what I am experiencing internally.

When I paint, I am transported into another world. I lose all track of time. I am absorbed in the process, allowing the painting to take over and become what it wants to become. Beginning a new painting is always fun because I quickly get into turning a blank canvas into a multi-coloured first layer with wild and carefree brushstrokes and marks. I love to work in layers because it adds a richness to the painting as hints of previous layers peak through creating a sense of depth and history. My paintings usually have at least six to ten layers. This process gives me the freedom to concentrate on both subtle and bold changes as I paint, step back, paint some more, and repeat as many times as it takes to reach that magical moment when I know I have pushed it as far as I can and it is now finished. In order for this to happen, I often work on several paintings at a time so that I can approach each one several times with fresh eyes and see what I didn’t see before.

My studio is in beautiful Belleville, Ontario, Canada. I am fortunate to be a member of Gallery 121 as well as the Belleville Art Association where my work is exhibited on a regular basis. I have also entered, and been accepted into a number of Juried Art Exhibitions in Bellville, London, Trenton and Kingston, Ontario.