The first time I visited Vancouver I looked up at the mountains and said to a colleague “If I lived here I’d spend all my time painting.” I had no idea that a corporate transfer would entice my husband and me to move here two years later.

I’m now semi-retired and spend most of my free time painting, gluing, or drawing something. My favourite media are acrylic paint and oil pastels. I usually work on paper — often in altered books.

A joyful artist’s path is fueled by curiosity.

Just me and my brushes!

I paint intuitively, meaning I prefer not to have a specific composition in mind when I start a new piece. I cover the canvas randomly with colour, bits of collage, and charcoal marks, adding layer upon layer until I have a background that speaks to me. From there I loosely sketch out whatever subject I see peeking out from the mish-mash. Each piece is a journey.

I love to experiment. Did you know hair gel can be used to thin acrylic paints and extend their open time? It may not be suitable for archival or commercial work but it’s fun to play with non-traditional methods.

You may have noticed that some of my paintings have a seam running down the centre. That’s because I paint in art journals made from altered books. The crease happens when a painting is spread over two pages. If you’re intrigued by the thought of giving a second life to unloved or damaged books, look it up on YouTube. You’ll find hundreds of how-to videos.

Thanks for stopping by. If you have a website or a social account, leave it below in the comments and I’ll look for you.

Wishing you all the best today.


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