As I look back upon my older work, I see that I tend to paint scenes that are more turbulent then serene. I love to see movement, in clouds, or in trees or grass. Movement is quick, which is how I prefer to draw. There has to be something that stirs me as well, something a bit different or maybe even unbalanced – or a ‘found’ short moment, or even a dark shadowy moment. I still find that I need to be ‘invited’ by a mood in order to want to paint it.
I was born and raised in the farming community of Venice, Alberta. Living on a farm made me appreciate and love the wide openness of the outdoors. Nowadays I have to travel into the country to find images that say ‘paint me!’. While I have tinkered with different mediums, I still find that I simply love to draw. The lines and curves of nature are easiest for me to portray with drawing mediums, such as charcoal, pencil or pastel. It is an instant way to create a picture.
I have lived in Spruce Grove with my husband and three children for 29 years. My first introduction into art as an adult was at The Little Church Gallery, where I took my first drawing classes. The last several years have been a bit of a hiatus for me in the world of art, but I am now enjoying drawing again. I have started with charcoal again, in order to practice drawing techniques – to ‘re-teach’ myself I guess you could say.
I was very involved with the Allied Arts Council for several years, with volunteer jobs including Vice President, Workshops Coordinator, Secretary, Grants Coordinator, President and Past President.
2018- ‘A Charcoal Perspective’ Show held from Jan. 22 – Feb. 9. Sold 5 drawings.
2017- Participated in the Spruce Grove Art Gallery Christmas Store fundraiser, selling one pastel painting and one drawing
2017- Participated in the Allied Arts Council Open Art Competition
2017- Juried in and accepted for ‘A Charcoal Perspective’ Show at the Spruce Grove Art Gallery to be held in January 2018
2017- Submission for2018 Feature Artist Show at the Spruce Grove Art Gallery
2012- The piece ‘Uplifting’ was juried in for the Melcor Active Juried Member Show at the SAG
2011- Awarded Third Place in the intermediate category for ‘The Road Less Travelled’ pastel piece in the Open Art Competition at the SAG. Later sold this piece
2010- AAC Members Group Show ‘Reflections’ at the SAG
2010- Sold one pastel piece –‘An Alberta Moment’ at the OAC at the SAG
2010- AAC Members Group Show ‘Black and White’ at the SAG
2010- Juried Active Members Competition – 2 pieces juried in –‘Tuscany High Lites’ and ‘Prickles and Portulaca’
2009- AAC Members Group Show ‘Abstracts’ at the SAG
2009- AAC Members Group Show ‘Fall Fantasy’ at the SAG
2008- Awarded Honorable Mention for ‘Mexican Sidestreet’ pastel piece in the OAC at the SAG
2007- Three Week Solo Pastel Show ‘A Country Side of Alberta’ at the Spruce Grove Art Gallery. Sold 2 paintings.
2006- Awarded Second Place in the intermediate category for ‘Before The Storm’ pastel piece in the OAC at The Little Church Gallery
2006-2012- Participated in regular gallery hangings with the Allied Arts Council. The venues included: The Spruce Grove Art Gallery, Melcor Cultural Center Program Room, Westgrove Clinic, FCSS offices, Decadent Dessert Gala Fundraiser Events.
2005-2012- Various art classes taken at the SAG ,and Bissett Stained Glass, and Floral Design at Metro College