I love acrylic paint. I love how forgiving and accommodating it is – I can add texture, and collage, paint over, and even sand it!
I live and work in Victoria, BC. Although my educational and work background is business related I have always pursued a creative outlet. In the past I have worked with clay, wool and glass but for the last 10 years I have focused on painting with acrylics.
I’m a member of Zebra Art Collective, a group of 20. Zebra supports a strong and supportive painting environment. I am also a member of Gage Gallery on Oak Bay Avenue in Victoria and Saanich Peninsula Arts and Crafts Association. I have taken many painting workshops and courses with MISSA, Vancouver Island School of Art, Arts Centre at Cedar Hill, Robert Burridge, Nicolas Pierce, Alison Watt, Deborah Tilby, Nick Bantock, Michelle Miller, and others.
I continue to develop my creative voice and master techniques through continuing education and practice. I enjoy both working alone and in a group. Working in a group provides encouragement and thoughtful processes and inspires me to experiment with new styles and subject matter. Working alone frees me to paint from within.
I often start with a photograph that captures something for me – texture, colour, depth, line. Sometimes it’s hard to put it into words and it’s more of an emotion that draws me. I generally work with acrylic on canvas or cradle board, and sometimes add texture with collage materials. My materials are archival.