Living under construction has the best rewards. Besides, it's a fun process of reinvention. Retirement from the working world has enabled me to pursue my passion for creating and expressing emotions through art. This was initially paired with the gift of a 'new normal' that came in the form of a dance with cancer, but I'm deeply grateful for these changes. The challenges have granted me permission to be free in ways I'd not thought would happen. Life is to be celebrated and enjoyed. This state of "under construction" is a good place to be.
I discovered my love of art in childhood and it's always been an intrinsic part of who I am. I was fortunate to be encouraged by dedicated teachers and role models from the start. In my teens, I attended first year studies at the Ontario College of Art (now OCADU), returning in my 20s part-time. This inspired a broader love for learning and I soon dove into academic studies instead, attending both York University (BAHons) and the University of Toronto (MA). And so, I landed in the profession of criminology. After a rewarding career in research and planning, I retired early to finally return to my pursuit of art, at leisure.
In addition to showing locally with the Orillia Fine Arts Association, I’m grateful to have had a number of works chosen for the Pastel Artists Canada juried online exhibits, achieving their designation of ‘PAC’ as a Signature Member.
It's with pleasure that I create, and I hope you will enjoy your trip to my website.