My art career didn’t get started until 2009 when I actually had time to do something other than work. My first art trip was with an art group to the south of France, which was life-changing. After returning, I spent every available opportunity improving my art whenever time permitted. My work focused in acrylic and oil mediums primarily landscapes and contemporary themes.
New home builders approached me to paint their communities - making my art pieces into coasters, prints and other items for closing buyer gift baskets. I also painted vineyards, wine tasting barns and hotels for the wine country - transposing art to wine labels, coasters and trivets sold in wine tasting rooms. My greatest idea was weekend art shows held in vacant listings to attract open house visitors for “Art, Wine and Real Estate” events. It was very different real estate marketing but it worked extremely well. Giving back to the community is important for me; I donate many art pieces to local charities for silent auctions yearly.
Born and raised in Alberta, Canada on a prairie farm from a family of nine, I loved to sit for hours watching rainstorms, bright summer sunsets, and cloud formations. In my mid-twenties, I moved to southern California drawn by the weather - first to southern California in San Diego, then later to northern California in Carmel-by-the-sea located on the Monterey Peninsula. I discovered Wyoming on a 2019 Road Trip - instantly fell in love and moved. Wyoming reminded me of my home in Alberta in so many ways: friendly people, endless skies, bright sunrises and sunsets coupled with enormous, dramatic thunderclouds.
My favorite part of the mornings is taking long nature walks, where I snap endless photos of color combinations of plants, animals, and the sky - this is where a lot of my artistic inspiration comes from. To get the rich techniques in my paintings, I use a “broken brush” which is a beat-up brush that probably should be thrown away but instead gives the greatest effects to my work. Other favorite tools are spatulas, boards, squeegees, and palette knives which generate different effects. At times, I even use just my fingers or palm of my hand. My large pieces are abstract, bold and impressionistic.
They say a picture captures a thousand words; a painting can do that and more. Some of my favorite artist quotes that guide me when I am stuck:
“It doesn’t matter how the paint is put on, as long as something is said.”
"If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced."
-Vincent Van Gogh.
“There is no such thing as a good painting about nothing.”
“I am so lucky to be where I am and to be who I am” -Neltje