After growing up on a farm near Pincher Creek, Alberta, and graduating from high school in Pincher Creek, I attended universities in Manitoba, Minnesota, U.S.A., and Alberta. Although the majority of my university studies were in the field of music, I was able to take various art courses as well. I taught music in elementary schools in Frazee, Minnesota, in Gibbons, Alberta, and in Spruce Grove, Alberta; namely, at St. Joseph Catholic School.
My husband and I lived in New Zealand for one year, teaching at a Maori Boy’s Boarding School near Auckland.
I have lived in Spruce Grove for 35 years, together with my husband, Morley, and my sons, Colin and Keith. After Colin tragically died in a mountain climbing accident in 1999, I retired from my teaching career. I began to take lessons in water color painting and drawing in October, 2001.
Creating a painting has become a great source of healing for me. Being completely absorbed in the act of creating is a necessary part of my daily life.
The inspiration for many of my paintings comes from the nature which surrounds me and which is so very important to the members of my family.
My compositions are influenced by my background in music. As in a composition of music, which comes to life through the organization of movement, balance, harmony and form of sound, I strive to bring my painting to life through the use of movement, balance, harmony and form of color, line and shape. In music the sound is enhanced by pauses and rests. In my paintings I strive to enhance and to give meaningful depth to the movement, form, color and line by “painting in the negative”.
The range and depth of color value is very important to me because it indicates the range of my inner feelings; feelings that are light, sparkling and full of laughter, and yet are harmonic with those that are deep and intense, coming from the depths of the soul.
Just as we must strive to create a balance with our emotions that move within the full spectrum from light to dark, so do I attempt to create a balance of movement between the light and dark color values and a balance of line and form in my compositions.
I became a member of the Allied Arts Council in March, 2004.