art education highlights
. Emily Carr University of Art & Design- Advanced
Painting Certificate Program 2012- 2015
. Robert & Sara Genn workshop
. Mike Svob workshop
. Liz Wiltzen workshop
. Le Mistral Painting Adventures
. Canadian Federation of Artists [ Associate member]
. Artists of Canada
. Southern Gulf Islands Arts Council
. Ptarmigan Art Gallery Pender Island [ to 2023]
. North Shore Artists Guild [ 2013-2017]
. Friends of the Seymour Art Gallery , Deep Cove [ to 2019]
. Vancouver Art Gallery
Awarded Signature status , Federation of Canadian Artists [ AFCA]
Opened robin's nest studio & gallery , Pender Island
Artist Residency, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Ferry Building Gallery - OH CANADA
. In celebration of Canada's 150th birthday
. June 27 - July 16
. Opening reception June 27 : 6 - 8 pm
. Ferry Building Gallery, West Vancouver
Federation of Canadian Artists - O Canada
. June 20- July 2
. Granville Island FCA Gallery
International Art Gallery & FCA Gallery - Crossing Boundaries- Beauty of Canada Exhibition
. Awarded 2nd place honours for " back country, west coast"
.International Village Mall & FCA Gallery
. May 6 - May 22
Federation of Canadian Artists- Landscapes Exhibition
. April 25 - May 7
-Granville Island FCA Gallery
Federation of Canadian Artists- Abstract Exhibition
. February 27-March 11
.Granville Island FCA Gallery
Federation of Canadian Artists - Canvas Unbound
. February 14- 26
. Granville Island FCA Gallery
Seymour Art Gallery - Discovery: Balance Exhibition
. January 7 to January 28;
. Reception : January 8 - 2 to 4 pm
. In the studio - New work : Colour Hieroglyphics
. Completion of Advanced Painting Certificate Program ,
Emily Carr University of Art & Design
. 365 online Exhibition ; Federation of Canadian Artists,
. Art Party ; Seymour Art Gallery Fundraiser &
. Scenes from Western Canada Exhibition, Federation
of Canadian Artists; Sept.
Awarded Honorary Mention for work entitled
" When the sun kisses the land"
. North Shore Art Crawl, Cat's Cottage, North
. Landscapes Exhibition, Federation of Canadian
Artists, Granville Island ;
. Pipe Shop Exhibition , Pipe Shop, City of North
. North Shore Art Crawl, Cat's Cottage, North Vancouver
. West Vancouver Yacht Club Exhibit,[ juried ], West
. Gamma Garage Exhibition & Sale, Capital Hill,
. Britannia Art Gallery Then & Now Exhibition,
[ juried] , City of Vancouver
. CityScape Anonymous Art Show, North Vancouver
. Brushstrokes Gallery Christmas Exhibition & Sale,
Lonsdale Quay, North Vancouver
. Principal/Partner, Public Practice
. Entrepreneur, advisory practice
. Teaching certification, University of Saskatchewan,
The west coast is a place of raw beauty, spectacular natural energy, vibrating colour and unique diversity. My current series of paintings draws on the connection to this place through what I term " colour hieroglyphics"- stories expressed through the interaction of colour and paint marks [ lines, figures, forms or symbols made as an indication or record of something.]
I have coined the term " hieroglyphics" to describe the creation and incorporation of symbols, shapes, forms and marks to create a personal language on canvas.
As a student of Joseph Albers experimental colour methods, this latest series explores the interplay and interactions of colour to create unique colour stories to engage the viewer and encourage conversations about colour in a contemporary context.
my art journey so far
In " A book of Luminous Things" Czeslaw Milosz writes that " To create art is to capture an epiphany. Epiphany may mean a privileged moment in our life among the things of this world in which they suddenly reveal something we have not noticed until now; and that something is like an intimation of their mysterious, hidden side. "
Currently my painting process is in colour experimentation in the realm of abstract landscape expressionism . I am focussed on the play of line energy and colour relationships in the landscape and my connection to that landscape - land to sky to water to trees. I am creating colour ideas in a sensual context ; colour interplay on a flat surface - moving into abstraction from realistic scenes . For me , colour interplay creates an emotional reaction and energy that expresses my own connection and history with the Canadian landscape .
My influences are many and diverse. Of course the painters of Canadian nature are foremost among my influences - the Canadian Group of Seven and particularly Tom Thomson. Then there is Cezanne for his childlike passion and never-ending wish to capture the essence of that very thing he was painting. Ted Harrison is an artist that , like me , studied many indigenous cultures and incorporated his love for this diversity in his paintings. I also learned about colour gradation and colour bounce from studying his work but mostly I hold dear his idea that painting must bring the painter joy . Like Emily Carr's search for the spiritual , I too search to be able to express that connection between nature and the human spirit and the joy that comes from that connection. There is Van Gogh who painted the natural energy of every thing..... and then there are more modern influences like Willem de Kooning whose energy of line and brushstrokes are like no other . There is Wolf Kahn whose stories of the landscape are told with colour magic. I recently viewed Jock Macdonald's large colour abstracts at the Vancouver Art Gallery and will be forever changed by the truly transcendent depth of his colours and spiritual connection to the work. Edgar Payne, one of the great American landscape painters taught me that every painting should incorporate drama . So many ......
in the beginning
I was born a prairie girl. It stays with you for life no matter how far you travel or how long you are away. There is a connection with the open sky and the dark rich earth that runs through your soul.
I have lived a long time away from the prairies of yellow wheat and blue flax and small towns and big skies. I have lived in five of ten provinces in Canada and have travelled to all except the territories . I love all that Canada is and all it has to offer us if we open ourselves to its gifts.
The photo above is of Sally [ Black striped ] and Harry [ orange & white] ; in my studio .... and I did at one time get cat hairs in all my paintings; they lived with me for 17 years in Cat's Cottage on the North Shore of Vancouver..... [ The black bear in the back keeps us company ].... [ Footnote: Both of my best art critics left me in 2014 but their energy is here in this cottage urging me on in the studio and I still feel their love and devotion]