Art has always been an important part of my life. At a young age there was nothing like a new box of crayons or that first discovery of oil pastels. Drawing and crafting through the years, creativity was always the preferred way to relax and express myself.
After taking art through high school I moved on to university, work and then raising a family. Somewhere along the way my sketchbook was used less and less until only an occasional sketch or painting was added. Eventually I decided to get back to it and enrolled in a local oil painting class. I painted impressionistic garden scenes, using a slightly impasto style. This too didn’t last. I began volunteering at my children’s school where I worked on the yearbook for 10 years and also studied graphic design as a part time student.
As my children became adults I began to shuffle my priorities. It was time to focus on some things that had been put off for the future. I began to take self-paced online courses on a quest to draw faces and develop a style of my own. Over time it became clear.
Mixed media whimsical girls with inspirational messages were appearing daily in my art journal and course homework. These evolved into combining papers from around the world, publications from the 1800’s, book pages and other treasures together in collaged layers. Pencil crayons, acrylic paint, watercolours, ink and even letterpress letters are used to express a message; one that can have a different meaning to every person. There is often something new to discover upon closer examination of each canvas.
Nature is an important part of my work as I love the outdoors and often paint outside. Stars are a common motif as well. To me they represent our dreams, something that we all have, and can make come true. Wings, feathers and birds are another element as they represent that we are free to fly and choose our own course. Every painting conveys a positive message to be interpreted by the viewer.