What's your background in art? How did it get started?
I am a self taught oil painter and have been painting for over 20 years. I started painting after I left my position as a production coordinator in the film/tv industry and had moved up north of Port Perry, Ontario. I have painted every day since.
What inspires you? Who are your biggest inspirations?
I find that there is an abundance of inspiration everywhere I look! Wherever I have lived, I found beauty and inspiration. You have to know how to look for it. I teach oil painting classes here in Port Stanley and I feel constantly inspired by the students in my classes. I also curate for the Art & Soul Cafe and the Windjammer Inn and the artists I meet while doing this are also inspiring.
What is your creative process like?
I am in the creative process 24/7! From the time I wake up and sit at the easel with a cup of tea, then out for a walk looking at the beauty surrounding me. I usually have 3-4 paintings on the go at a time in varying degrees of completion. I will be working on one, then have an inspiration and yank out another canvas and go at it! I really don't have a process, I just go with the flow.
Do you ever experience creative blocks? How do you move past them?
Never! If I feel even a little bit blocked I move my studio furniture around, everything has wheels on it for exactly this purpose.
If you could grab a drink with any artist in any medium living or dead, who would it be and why?
I would love to sit down with Guy Goodwin or Robin Grindley, both known for their loose and joyful style of painting, and because they are interesting and make me laugh. I also enjoy Richard Clarendon and Peggi Kroll Roberts for their beautiful use of light and loose style of painting.
What do you want people to experience through your work?
A connection. Either by creating their own narrative to my figurative paintings or an emotional connection to a place or person to a painting I have created.