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I feel extremely fortunate to have found my passion in life through painting. I have always wanted to draw and paint, but life ~ earning a living, raising a family, etc. ~ has previously never afforded me the time.

I started painting seriously in 2000 and studied, part time, for four years at the Academy of Art learning oil painting in the classical tradition, copying Old Masters’ paintings, doing figurative drawings and studying composition, colour theory and perspective.  I regularly attend workshops and have recently taken courses at Emily Carr University.  I worked privately with Russian trained professional artist and teacher, Natalia Vetrova on a weekly basis for two years and studied with Vancouver oil painter and teacher, Paul Chizik.

In the summer of 2004, I spent two weeks in Prague painting outdoors (en plein aire).   There were four other students, teacher Natalia Vetrova and Czech photographer,  Lani Jeffries who acted as our guide.    It was definitely a working holiday toting easels around the city, painting and drawing the wonderful architecture.  With lots of material to work from on our return to Vancouver, the five painters and photographer had a group exhibition at Natalia’s Art Studio.

 I paint in both oil and acrylic media and currently am focused on still lifes, large florals and landscapes.  I also do abstract paintings and am presently working with encaustic medium.

Currently, I am represented by Arbutus Arts on Hornby Island and I am a member of the Hornby Island Arts Council and also a member of the Island Gallery, an artist run gallery on Hornby where I show my work on a regular basis.