“Inspiration is everywhere! It can be found in the pewter skies of a cold snowy day, the yellow ochre of a summer sunset or the cornflower blue eyes of a smiling child. For as long as I can remember I’ve had a love affair with colour. I’ve always understood how easily colours can evoke emotions within. To me vandyke brown brings forth the warmth of hot chocolate on a stormy winter’s night or sap green reminds me of lazy summer days spent under the dappled shade of a large tree. The knowledge that colour creates emotion is a very powerful way to convey inspiration into the artists work.”
I was born and raised on the prairies and loved to paint and draw. My family had limited resources so I learned to indulge in my love of colours with a limited palette, mixing my paints to make the colours I desired. I still enjoy doing this, often using only two to four key colours and then balancing this simple palette with a complexity of subject detail, making a beautiful contrast in the final piece.
I recently moved to Vancouver Island and have fallen in love! I find so much inspiration here. It’s people; wildlife and diversity of landscapes are like nowhere else in the world; as an artist I feel I’ve come home.