"Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time." by Thomas Merton
I grew up on a family farm with seven siblings on Prince Edward Island, Canada, and married my husband, the love of my life, at the age of 22, also purchasing a farm of our own. In this quiet country setting, we raised six wonderful children all learning the importance of hard work. During that time, I worked full-time and took part-time university courses completing my Bachelor of Business Administration degree.
In 2000, I began taking art classes and loved it the minute I started. My family was a great support and knew how important this escape was for me.
This was my one evening to get lost in the world of art and be fortunate to have such a great teacher and a group of fellow artists. I have continued to take courses and find wonderful instructors and fellow artists whose enthusiasm, knowledge and encouragement fanned the flames of my love of painting. My favorite medium is working in oil and I also enjoy acrylic and pastels. I love painting landscapes, seascapes, lighthouses, and farm fields.
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The beautiful scenery on our Island excites and inspires me. I like to capture these scenes in soft colors in my realistic paintings. The soft colors are my trademark. I want to bring peace, calm, and joy to whomever view and purchase my artwork.
In 2015, I retired from my full-time work with the provincial government and turned to my art with a passion. I have my own art room, which is now set up permanently where I can be found most days painting or planning my next piece of art.
I have done several commissioned pieces for customers wanting something special; birthday presents, wedding gifts, and unique artwork for businesses. Recently some of my paintings have been enlarged as prints to adorn the walls at Mill River Resort, PEI.
Studied under Island artists; Lise Genova, Lucie Bellemare, Henry Purdy, Sandi Komst, Maurice Bernard, Emily Durant and Nan Ferrier.