I work and live in beautiful Bear River, Nova Scotia with. I paint on canvas with acrylic, oils, and watercolour – whatever inspires me in the studio that I share with silversmith Larry Knox, my life partner. I also weave and explore the surprises of monoprinting. And I garden, volunteer in the community and count my good luck every day.
For most of my life, I lived in my hometown, Toronto. My father was passionate about politics, writing and printing. He operated an enormous Linotype machine so I grew up with a love of the smell of ink and a deep appreciation for type and the craft of typesetting. My mother was a painter and writer and gardener and I owe much to her, including my inquisitiveness and the ‘normalness’ of having art materials around the house. I was lucky to grow up in a house with art supplies and books and lots of conversation. In my late teenaged years in the 1960′s, I attended a fulltime 3 year fine art and fine craft program that still operates today in Toronto. It was wonderful to be introduced to many different mediums – clay, sculpture, printmaking, weaving and painting at the Art Center at Central Technical School.
From there I travelled to the German Democratic Republic to spend three years immersed in a new culture and language in socialist Berlin. Those years had a profound influence on my world view, my artistic development and helped me to develop an understanding and compassion for others who find themselves ‘a stranger in a strange place.’ During my time at the Kunsthochschule Weissensee, Berlin I painted under the guidance of Professor Wolfram Schubert, a superb painter and printmaker.
After returning to Canada, I met Larry, my life partner and together we pursued art in the spaces that weren’t filled with raising 2 creative children and working 9 -5.
Thirty years later, in 2007 our children were grown and Larry and I were able to leave the city behind and to resume chasing the dream of painting and silversmithing fulltime in a rural village of artists in eastern Canada.
I feel most fortunate to be able to paint my surroundings here in this beautiful province of Nova Scotia.