I discovered art-making later in life. I had tried to draw once, as a child, with very unimpressive results. I resigned myself to the fact that my creative siblings had those abilities, not me. Fast forward many years later when I opened a shop and filled it with original paintings of talented local artists. I became friends with many of these wonderful people and they encouraged me to try art once again. I felt an intense need to be creative, and boldly decided to take a course from an artist that I admired greatly. He knew that I was a hesitant beginner, and kindly taught me the basics of the craft. His expert teaching skills and guidance resulted in the start of my artistic career, and we remain friends to this day.
I believe everyone needs a creative outlet of some kind. I am so moved by nature that sometimes it brings me to tears - the drama, colour, movement, even the sounds render me awestruck. These experiences compel me to continually pick up my tools and share my interpretation of our natural world through my paintings. I may begin with a vision, but I’m never quite sure what the final result will look like until the last stroke. I love using bold colours and taking risks using the tools and mediums I have grown to love, most recently using cold wax mixed with oil paint. I know a piece is finished when I reach an ‘aha’ moment. When I tell myself ‘there it is, exactly as it should be’.
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