I had promised myself that when I retired I would take up painting again so after I retired I began my search for studio space and after a couple of false starts I found a studio. It was so daunting at first. I suppose I'd envisioned an immediate, graceful leap into masterpiece production and was horrified by how intimidated I was and how awkward and fearful! That first face to face with a blank canvas! Shudder. But I just kept at it. I got into the rythym by taking a course at the local art college and found that helpful. I looked around for motivation and inspiration to continue. My fave was a clip of Chuck Close with the advice not to sit around waiting for the big bang of inspiration. It won't happen. Just show up. So I do.
My art is first of all for me. It's an extension of me so it has to feel right, authentic. I have to find it interesting. I have to feel comfortable attaching my name to it. I don't expect that my work will appeal to many people so am always delighted when it does.
I take lots of photographs. I really enjoy them. I don't usually paint from photos but often they suggest a subject or a direction and eventually evolve into a painting.
1991 BFA (Hons), First Class, University of Victoria
1987 Associate of Arts in the Visual Arts Diploma, Camosun College, Victoria
1984 Architectural and Structural Drafting Diploma, Camosun College, Victoria
Ongoing: Workshops in weaving, encaustic, basket making. Painting courses at Vancouver Island School of Art.
Exhibitions (solo and group)
2019 Fernwood Art Stroll, Community Exhibition, Different venues, Victoria
2019 CNIB Eye Appeal, Crystal Gardens, Victoria
2019 Forged, Group show, Arc.hive artist run centre, Bridge Street, Victoria
2019 Odd Assortment, Solo show, The Coffee Lab, Bridge Street
2018 Arts and Industry Open House, Rock Bay Square, Victoria
2018 Sooke Fine Art Show, Sooke, juried show
2018 Artists of Rock Bay Square, group show, Coffee Lab, Bridge Street
2018 Ply Wood, Solo show, Coffee Lab, Bridge Street
2018 Fundraiser for Vancouver Island School of Art (VISA)
2018 Strong Women, Strong World, International Women's Day, Victoria Arts Council, juried show
2017 Fundraiser for Hermann's Jazz Club, Martin Batchelor Gallery, Victoria
2017 Open House, Vancouver Island School of Art
2017 Arts and Industry Open House, Rock Bay Square
2017 16 Artists from Rock Bay Square, Integrate, Coffee Lab, Bridge Street
2017 Arts Victoria Now, Victoria Arts Council, juried show
2016 Arts and Industry Open House, Rock Bay Square
2016 Arts Victoria Now, Victoria Arts Council, juried show, Awarded First in 2D
2015 Open House, Vancouver Island School of Art
2015 Arts and Industry Open House, Rock Bay Square, Bridge St, Victoria
2015 Recent Work, Coffee Lab, Rock Bay Square, Solo show
2015 Nature as Series, Slide Room Gallery, Victoria