I was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta and have always been artistic and creative. These talents plus being a visual person led me into a very exciting career in Fashion. I have found fashion and art are synonymous with each other and the same principles of design are exhibited in both. This has made the transfer of my skills into art a natural progression.
After discovering the inner artist in me I have been involved in Drawing, Design and Watercolor Painting since 1991 taking various Courses and Workshops at the University of Alberta and from well-known artists in the Edmonton Area. I have been very active in Watercolor Painting since 2010 when I became a Professional Watercolor Artist opening my own Company “MY AUTHENTICITY”.
I love the watercolor medium with the natural blending of the paint and water. It never ceases to amaze me with the incredible effects that can be created. The challenge of not being in control releases my perfectionism freeing me to be spontaneous in creating a painting that is indicative of the real me. Color is my motivation in everything in my life and my inspiration in painting. I feel so lucky and privileged to have this gift and a creative way to express it. Working with color is a spiritual experience for me and creates the magic in my life.
I enjoy painting landscapes and cityscapes. The colors in nature and the beauty in the landscape speak volumes to me. Cityscapes fill me with the excitement of the hustle and bustle of a busy city or again the beautiful grandeur of the buildings in style and form. These contrasting styles feed my imagination and keep me captivated. My style is realistic and my purpose is to enable the viewer to experience the vision I have created. My color schemes enhance the scene and draw the viewer into the center of interest and create nourishment for the soul. This is my moment of passion and fulfillment that I give to you – My Visual Voice!
I have had Solo Exhibitions in 3 United Way Auctions, Delta Edmonton South – 35 paintings and the Glenrose Hospital Mezzanine Gallery – 25 paintings. I have also been involved in Selected Group Exhibitions at the University of Alberta – Fine Arts Displays- Ella Group – U of A – Enterprise Square and the Misercordia Hospital Shows In 2010 and 2011, I received the “PEOPLES FAVORITE CHOICE AWARD – Watercolor – University of Alberta – Ella Enterprise Square Gallery. I was selected as the “ARTIST OF THE MONTH’ for the December, 2011 issue of the Wildlands Advocate Magazine - “The Alberta Wilderness Journal.” Five of my Alberta Landscape Paintings were chosen and published.