Art in all forms has always been a part of my life, where colour, form and composition are involved everywhere. Creating brings enormous satisfaction. My retirement project has been to become more active through educational activities and practice with various mediums. The last decade has given me that opportunity. This path has led to participating in courses and workshops in a variety of mediums, that range from drawing, dry pastel, colour pencil, acrylic, water colour to oils and mixed media. The next decade will be to follow what Pablo Picasso once said.
"Learn the rules like a pro. Break them like an artist”
I have met many inspiring artists who use a wide range of mediums and techniques through participation in an open studio, and has contributed to a body of knowledge that I can draw on. A big step for me was becoming a member of the Manotick Art Association and Art Lending Ottawa which encouraged and provided the opportunity to show my work in a variety of settings. It also provides opportunities to explore new mediums and different topics as well as to learn from leaders in the local art community.
Meeting art lovers and hearing their feedback about my work is helpful. It is incredibly rewarding when a person loves a painting enough to purchase it and tells me what it means to them.
I enjoy the challenge of taking on difficult subjects, and accept commissions, in particular dogs and other animals.