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I didn’t grow up with art.  At the one-room school in New Brunswick where I started my academic career, there were no art classes.  Heck, there wasn’t even a kindergarten, so how could there be an art class.  Readin’, writin’ and ‘rithmatic were the order of the day.  The next year I was bused to a two-room school, but still no art.  By the time I landed in Toronto in grade 5, it was too late.  I was seriously art-deprived.



When my husband pointed out some forty years later, after yet another early morning/late night at the office, that I had become one-dimensional, I thought to myself, “Right!  I’ll take up a hobby that I know absolutely nothing about, excel in it, and become rich and famous.  I’ll take up Art!”  Well, the “know absolutely nothing about” was true anyway.

Of course, I started out in the medium that looks easiest and in reality is one of the hardest to master – watercolour.  Despite what I recognize today as really pathetic first efforts, I quickly discovered a couple of things:  I could actually draw, and I revelled in colour.  I didn’t last too long in watercolour; I couldn’t get beyond the pastel overtones.  Then I switched to acrylics, and my paintings took on a life of their own (that’s my story and I’m sticking to it).

I have had a number of art teachers over the years, each of whom taught me something different and all of whom displayed extraordinary patience.  I have been with my current mentor, Kathryn Naylor (www.kathrynnaylor.com), for several years now.  It is my good fortune that she possesses a wicked sense of humour along with her excellent artistic and teaching skills.  She even remains calm in the face of adversity (namely me), such as the time I got carried away doing a snow scene, to the extent that the whole painting – trees, snow drifts, shadows, sky – ended up shades of bright orange!

I sometimes think it’s a good thing that I didn’t have an early-childhood grounding in art because now everything I tackle is new, interesting and challenging to me.  I'm free to paint with the enthusiasm of a child, and if the finished product looks child-like, that’s fine with me too.  I derive great pleasure from painting, and I hope you will share some of that pleasure in looking at a selection of my works.

So … no prestigious art schools, no art degrees on the walls, no gallery showings or lists of works hanging in national collections.  Just art for the sake of art.  Enjoy!

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