I don’t think of myself as a landscape artist, or one who does animals, or still life, but as a student of all styles and subjects. I see beauty in so many different things, both indoors and outdoors, and I desire to capture the feeling and story behind what I see. My inspiration comes from nature and the landscapes that I see—events & stories of the past and present. I embrace the peace, colour and freedom that life offers.
I am a person with an ‘old soul’. If you ask anyone who really knows me, they will say that I am very nostalgic, a romantic and a people person. Things I love the most are my husband, family, dogs, horses, chocolate, wine, scotch, mountain trails, wildlife, Downton Abbey, ballroom dancing, jewellery, and creating art, of course!
I try to find time to paint every day. During this time, I relax and forget all the stresses in life. I never know how a painting will turn out when I start. I find it's best not to have an exact plan. I have learned it can feel like a disappointment if a painting does not turn out exactly as I envisioned. I keep in mind as I go along that my painting is reflecting myself and my style. I don’t take myself too seriously, and it helps with letting the picture evolve on its own. I get the most inspiration when I’m painting Plein Air and completely get caught up in my surroundings and just forget the time. I believe a painting should be colourful, bold, emotional and speak to you.
I am mostly self-taught, but I have attended many workshops and classes over the years. I absolutely love these moments with other artists, exchanging ideas and being inspired by their abilities. I am privileged to have painted with some very talented artists who have been extremely generous to share their ideas, knowledge, and opinions with me. It really broadens my ability to create different pieces of art.
Artists that influence and inspire me the most are the Impressionists - Pierre Auguste Renoir, Camille Pissarro and Claude Monet. Their use of colour, light and composition is brilliant.
My goals for the future are to keep learning, exploring different techniques and mediums. Broaden my horizons by showcasing my art. Inspire and encourage young and new artists.