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Artist Statement

I have always loved to travel and the photographs of these adventures provides a continuous source of enjoyment. From my earliest days I wondered what if I could paint some of these beautiful sights? I loved the Realistic Style of Art as taught by the Old Masters but never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would be able to create such art. I’m not a very patient person and painting in this style may take weeks if not months to complete. I was in my forties when I took a few painting classes with an artist in my community and I was hooked! I would be able to prove the exception of the old adage “you can teach an old dog new tricks”.

Along with the adventure travel brings, it often provides new visions for me to paint.

“Maine in the Morning

Is a good example. We had risen early to carry on with our east coast vacation, zooming along the highway when all of a sudden we turned the corner and saw the magnificent forest view. The water glistened, the trees sparkled. What an opportunity!

“Zambia River”

Represents my love of the water. This photo is not one of my own but I loved how it represents the Zambia River. I was fortunate to cruise on this river when we were in Zambia a few years ago.

“Opening Night Jitters”

Who doesn’t love chickens! Being a lover of theater I couldn’t resist these chickens who were mingling around the barn. They presented their own story… the fears of opening night on a stage. I knew right then and there I would have to paint them.

“Savannah Window”

Represents the lovely historical homes we saw while in Georgia. Many of the homes were built with bricks made by hand. If you look very close you can often see the finger prints on the individual bricks.
In addition to landscapes I paint portraits of both pets and people. The majority of my portrait work has been individual commissioned pieces. The work is both challenging but also very rewarding . . . especially when you see your furry friend or loved one looking back at you from the canvas.

I usually paint from photographs in the Old Master Style using monochromatic colors to establish my values prior to tackling the main picture.

What inspires me to continue to paint is the wide wonderful world we live in. I have a belief that we all “need a reason to get up in the morning”. What vision will I wake up to tomorrow that will inspire me to pick up my paint brush?

My hope is that by viewing my Art you gain an admiration for this more traditional style of painting.

Exhibitions

2007- 2010 Hidden Talent Fine Art Various Shows
2010- St. Albert Painter’s Guild Fall Show
2011-Art in the Wild Valley Zoo Edmonton
2012- Zoo Fest Valley Zoo Edmonton

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Education

No formal art training. I have been extremely grateful for the following artists who have guided and encouraged me over the years:

  • Frank Haddock, Laura Watmough, Gene Prokop,
  • Zhaoming Wu and Ann Waeland.

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