Artistic expression has been a part of my life since childhood when I was immersed in art, dance, music and needlework from a young age—activities that set the stage for my varied creative interests and future path.
My career began as a dance artist-educator and studio owner. This was a highly creative time for me as I not only choreographed dance works for performances but designed and created costumes too. And I continued to sketch and paint in my free time.
After a decade in dance, I left studio life behind to earn an MBA which, among other things, led to work as a strategist with the City of Ottawa's cultural services team. These years also included raising three daughters and the wonderful experience of living in Berlin when my husband was working with the Canadian Embassy there. Eventually, I lept back into the dance world as manager of award-winning Propeller Dance Company. Meanwhile, I continued to find creative expression as a modern quilt designer-maker.
I am now happily back in studio life—this time working solely as a visual artist. My art is in private collections in Canada, Germany, Myanmar and the US and is for sale at The Dunes Gallery in Prince Edward Island and Bistro Le Chat Bleu in New Brunswick. My work has been exhibited in juried national and regional shows and I have studied with exceptional artists such as Hilda Woolnough, Leya Evelyn, Sandi Komst, Blair Paul, Mirana Zuger and Robert Burridge.
I was lucky to grow up on beautiful Prince Edward Island and now split my time between two homes which both provide me with wonderfully inspiring water views—one on the Hillsborough River in Frenchfort, PEI and the other near the Ottawa River in Ottawa, Ontario.
Moments of pure joy are my springboard for creating art that is full of colour, imagination and movement. Pieces take shape with a blend of recalled imagery, thoughts and emotion. A constant source of inspiration is the amazing natural beauty that surrounds me, especially on Prince Edward Island. Having been a dance-artist in the past, I always use music when creating to influence the overall look and feel of my work. I hope that you experience a sense of joy in my art and are drawn to its fresh contemporary style.
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