As an artist I have worked with many mediums over the years, but lately I find myself loving mixed media. I love to tell a story with my work and use vintage photographs, papers, ephemera and three dimensional items. I also enjoy creating personal pieces for people using their photos and memories.
Originally desiring to become an an architect, I took drafting in high school when it wasn't at all fashionable for females to do that. In fact girls were not permitted to take any Technical classes It led me to Niagara College where I took Architectural Technology but wasn't thrilled with all the mathematics, science, physics and electricity. I managed to make it through though and got my year.
In 1969 I applied to and was accepted at Ryerson Polytechnical Institute, here I took Interior Design. Unable to finish for a variety of reasons, I left after the first semester in the second year but finally received a Diploma in Commercial and Graphic Arts from Mohawk College in 1974. I worked in the graphics area for a couple of printing companies and in 1984 I set out on my own with a sign painting and graphic design business.
Fine art was on hold except for the Watercolour classes I started taking at The Artists Workshop in Simcoe. I studied under George Perkins, Robert Creighton, Lorna Crane and Nelly Van Gastel among others.
In 2008 I more or less retired and started playing with paint and other materials. Three years ago I purchased an old portable classroom and had it moved to the farm for a dedicated art studio and gallery. I t has taken a couple of years of work and is now ready to start having open weekends and perhaps start teaching some workshops in the fall.