I was born in Montreal Que. in 1958.  I spent much of my youth "kicking around" that culturally rich city.  For a young person interested in art Montreal was a wonderful source of creative  nourishment.  After graduating from university with a Bsc in Exercise Physiology I moved to Jasper Alberta.  There I discovered an exciting contrast in scenery and lifestyle from the city life I had known.  I then spent over two decades enjoying much of what the mountain culture had to offer.  I married a wonderful man and we raised our children in Jasper, it holds a special place in my heart. The grandeur of nature inspired me to put paint to paper and visually narrate mountain life as it unfolded around me.
            In 2001 family opportunities took us to St. Albert, Alberta.  It was there that I furthered my art career,  joining an Artist Run Centre as a resident Artist .  It was great to be back in an urban area, but I also loved exploring the surrounding  prairies where  big skies and long shadows abounded.
             I have always been interested in the Therapeutic qualities of Art, after recovering from a life changing battle with cancer I was inspired  to work as an instructor with the Arts in Medicine Program at the Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton Alberta.  This experience was invaluable, I met many fantastic people who along with me used art to help them deal with the emotional upheaval a cancer diagnosis can bring.
            When my husband retired after working for 33 yrs with CN Rail, it was time for a new adventure.  For 20 yrs our family had vacationed in Summerland BC,  always dreaming of one day residing in this beautiful environment. In 2013 our dream became realtiy ! Now a Summerland  resident I am marveling at my beautiful new surrondings.  I am looking forward to creating  exciting works inspired by the great people and amazing landscapes  of the  Okanagan  Valley!

about Me

Select Exhibitions

2017       Spring Colours- FCA Juried Art Show, Osoyoos Art Gallery

2016         Spring Colours- FCA Juried Art Show, Osoyoos Art Gallery

2016         Works on Paper 2016- Federation Gallery, Granville Island, Van. B.C.
2015          Steamrolled- Group Show-Penticton Art Gallery, BC
2014          New Digs- Front Street Gallery- Penticton, BC
2011           Trees a Crowd- Solo Show- VASA Studio Gallery- St. Albert, AB.
2011           Culture Making Art Exhibition-Group Show- King’s University College, Edmonton, AB.
2011          The 32nd Banff Centre Midsummer Ball Exhibit and Auction, Banff Centre.
2011           Live, Work and Play-Articulture-Governor Generals Awards Exhibit, St. Albert, AB.
2010           Oil & Water- Monk & Way-VASA Studio Gallery, St. Albert, AB
2010           Landmarks of St. Albert-VASA Group Show-Studio Gallery, St. Albert, AB.
2009           Open Water- CSPWC-Juried Show, Leighton Centre, Calgary, and AB.  
2009           Edmonton’s Capital Ex-Northwest Originals Gallery
2008           New Works- Solo Show- Mountain Galleries at Fairmont JPL, Jasper, AB.
2008           Tuktu prayers- Group Show-Royal Alberta Museum, Edmonton, AB.
2005           Here and There- Solo Show- Studio Gallery, St. Albert, AB.
2001           Tis the Season- Solo Show- Mountain Foods/Artists Own, Jasper, AB
1997           Jasper Memories-Solo Show- Artists Own Gallery, Jasper, AB
1996           Jasper Collection-Group Show-Ortona Gallery, Edmonton, AB
Select Commissions/ Collections
2010      St .Albert High Schools Football Assoc.- Board of Directors commemorative piece
2008      Mountain Park Lodges 40th Anniversary-‘ Mountain Getaways’ series
2004      100 yrs. Of Art in Alberta-Dreamers and Doers- featured work
2001      Book Illustration-On Mountaintop Rock by John McLay
2000      Jasper Inn- Brochure Illustration
2000      Maligne Tours-Brochure Illustration
1996      37th Annual Premiers Conference-menu cover-painting presented to Premier Ralph Klein                 
1996      Jasper Inn (25 Anniversary) – corporate collection
1995      Interprovincial Pipeline Inc- Corporate gift
1993      Prizes-Men’s Mountain Classic Golf Tournament, Jasper, AB
Awards

2017    1st Prize-" Spring Colours" FCA Juried Show-Osoyoos BC

2016     1st Prize -"Spring Colours" FCA Juried Show-Osoyoos BC

2016      3rd prize-"Spring Colours" FCA Juried Sow-Osoyoos BC

2016      Honourable Mention-Works on Paper 2016- FCA Granville Island, Van. B.C.
2013      Nominated to ranks of City of St. Albert Unsung Heroes by VASA
2012      1st Place Advanced Category-Allied Arts Council, Spruce Grove- Open Competition
2012       Peoples Choice Award-Allied Arts Council ,Spruce Grove-Open Competition
1994        1st Place-Juried art Competition-Gregory J. Deagle Art Gallery (Jasper Park Lodge)                      
1991        1st Place- Drawing Category- Jasper Art Gallery-1st Annual Miniature Art Show
Related Activities
2017      Donated time and expertice to paint Kindness Meter , Penticton, BC

-2013        Arts in Medicine-Instructor- Cross Cancer Institute-Edmonton, AB
2009-2013        Visual Art Studio Association (VASA) St. Albert AB.  Board member
2000-2001        Jasper Culture and Recreation Board member, Jasper AB.

Galleries 
Front Street Gallery- 60 Front st. Penticton BC    www.frontstreetgallerypenticton.com 

Artist Statement

When I put paint to paper it’s like the start of an adventure, a road trip. I enjoy the anticipation of hitting the wide open paper, I pack my imagination and grab my vision and start the creative journey. The watercolour painting process, like an excursion, can sometimes take me down some unexpected routes, at times bringing to light some wonderful sights and other times forcing me to ask for directions. The mystery of the journey is what keeps me hooked. Like a vacation I begin by thoroughly planning my paintings almost rehearsing in my mind the route I will take. This allows me to be very aware of my paint application while at the same time immersing myself in the spontaneous nature of water media. Learning to go with the flow, finding joy in the twists and turns of the trip and even getting lost all provide me with a thrill! If I reach the destination in my art work that’s great but the important thing is to enjoy the ride!

Education

2013 Oil/Acrylic workshop- Alan Wylie-Oliver BC

2009 Drawing course - Xin Yu Zheng- Edmonton, AB

2008 Watercolor workshop- Tom Lynch

2001 Watercolor Workshop- Jack Reid

1999 Watercolor Workshop- David Keiler

1997 Business of Art & the Art of Business, Rowles & Co Edmonton,AB.

1996 Watercolor Workshop-Greg Johnson

1977-80 Bachelor of Science- Concordia University(Montreal Que)