Artist Statement

 Artist Statement

 As an artist and art teacher, creativity has always been at the centre of my life. The body of my work is driven by the combination of colour with texture.  I have explored a wide variety of art forms (printmaking, clay, watercolour, acrylic, glass mosaic) in order to translate an idea or image into a successful visual statement.  Currently, I paint in both encaustic (pigmented hot beeswax) and more recently, cold wax and oil.  These media allow me to build several layers, to imbed images and words, to create textural surfaces as well as to scrape away to find hidden treasures.  Their capacity for translucency and colour encourages endless possibilities. Visual expression feels natural and creating is empowering.



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Bachelor of Visual Arts, University of Guelph

Bachelor of Education, Dalhousie University

Specialized Education

2018 Reignite Your Creativity, Art Life, Nicholas Wilton, Molokai, Hawaii

2016 Stretching Further into Abstraction, Rebecca Crowell, Gloucester, Maine

2016 Paper Plate Lithography, Vancouver Island School of Art, Victoria, BC

2015 Encaustic Transfer Processes, Truro Centre for the Arts, Truro, Massachusetts

2014 Encaustic Collograph Monotype- Elise Wagner Studio, Oregon

2013  Painting with Encaustic - Cullowhee Mountain Arts School,Lisa Pressman, North Carolina

2012, 2011, 2010  International Encaustic Conference, Provincetown, Massachusetts

2011 Cold Wax plus Oil: Painting Workshop, Elora Centre of the Arts

2009  Advanced Encaustic, Elora Centre of the Arts

2008  Encaustic Workshop, Supria Designs

2008  Encaustic Painting, Haliburton School of Fine Arts

2005  Collage and Assemblage, Toronto School of Art

1999 – 2012, Relevant Media Classes, Haliburton School of Fine Arts

1996 Watercolour Painting, Toronto School of Art


2014, Growing Rockwood, Community Art Project, Workshop Instructor,Facilitator, Rockwood Centennial School,

Harris Mill Public School, Rockwood, Ontario

2002, Mask-making, Workshop Presenter
University of Toronto Drama Ministry Course, Toronto, Ontario

2001, Mask-Making, Workshop Presenter
Imagination Conference for teachers, Hockley Valley, Ontario 

1994, Creative Thinking, Professional Presenter
Western University, London, Ontario

1974 – 2004, Elementary Teacher and Art Teacher
Upper Grand District School Board, Ontario

1971-1973, Director/Curator, Nova Scotia Museum of Fine Arts


2019, 2020, 2021 Guelph Studio Tour

2019 Insights :40th Annual Exhibition of Fine Arts, The Wellington County Museum and Archives, Fergus, Ontario    

2019 All things Abstract, Art @ Ebar, Guelph

2018 Guelph Studio Tour

2018 Art$Pay NOW! Waterloo

        Arts$Pay NOW! Guelph

2017 Guelph Studio Tour

2016 "Stones ReTurned", Gallery M, Cambridge, Ontario  November 10 - January 9

2016 Guelph Studio Tour

2016 "Insights", 37th Annual Exhibition of Fine Arts, curated by R. Isaacs, S. Dobson, P. Morin, The Wellington County Museum and Archives, Fergus, Ontario

2016 "Elemental", Octarine Women Artists Collective, Joshua Creek Heritage Arts Centre, Oakville, Ontario

2015 "Winter Whimsy", Illumine Gallery, St. Thomas, Ontario

2015 Guelph Studio Tour

2015 "Insights", 36th Annual Exhibition of Fine Arts, curated by R. Shuebrook, T. Smart, I. Gassinger, The Wellington County Museum and Archives, Fergus, Ontario    

2015 "Encore", Octarine Women Artists Collective, Studio 404, Guelph. Ontario

2015 "Whitestone Redux", Gallery M, Cambridge, Ontario

2015 "In Flanders Fields at 100", curated by Dawn Owens, Guelph Civic Museum, Guelph, Ontario

2014 "Eight Dimensions", Octarine Women Artists Collective, Studio 404, Guelph, Ontario

2013, 2014  Guelph Studio Tour

2012, 2013   Elora Centre of the Arts, Elora, Ontario

2012  Guelph Chamber of Commerce Office, Guelph, Ontario

2012 "Ebb and Flow", Solo Show, Whitestone Gallery, Guelph, Ontario

2013, 2012, 2011, Monthly Group Shows, Whitestone Gallery, Guelph, Ontario

2010, 2011, Solo Shows, Einstein’s Café, Guelph, Ontario

2011, 2010, 2009, "Avenue of Artists", Fergus Scottish Festival, Fergus, Ontario

2015, 2010, 2009 Group Shows, Einstein’s Café, Guelph, Ontario

2010 "New Beginnings", Café Creperie, Elora, Ontario

2010 "Blossoming", The Teak Barn, Erin, Ontario

2009 ENCAUSTIC, Fergus Recreational Centre, Fergus, Ontario


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