I come from a family with strong artistic ability, but I'm the only one who has taken it out of the hobby realm. As a teenager, and with my Father's input, I worked on drawings at home. These efforts I entered in junior competitions and often won a placement. While at university, I tried my hand at murals, and learned how to scale things up and down in size. I really did not view myself as a painter because I did not think I knew how to use colour. I was frustrated that my pictures would not match what was in my head; so I did not pursue art as a career choice.
After my marriage, my husband encouraged me to take a painting class being offered. I was interested this time because I had since seen work by Robert Bateman. His style was along the lines of what I had always seen in my head, and admired. After being told to mute my colours; what I came up with surprised both my husband and myself, and I have continued, with my husband's support, ever since. Though I trained as a Medical laboratory technician, and had not been formally trained in art, I have since trained with the masters; John Seerey-Lester, Carl Brenders, Allan Hunt, Robert Bateman, Terry Isaac, and Daniel Smith. All of whom are great painters and great teachers.
I am often called on to teach workshops, and art project classes. My work has been in shows in New York, Ottawa, Lloydminster, Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver; as well as being in a yearlong Cross Canada show with Canadian Wildlife Habitat; and I was also the artist in residence in February 1999 for the Barr Colony Cultural Heritage Center and "Education through Art Society". I am a Founding member and Past President of the artist group "Midwest Canadian Artists", and Chairperson for the Juried Fine Art show for the "Arts Without Borders" Art Festival in Lloydminster AB/SK, of which I am also a founding member. My work is in collections across Canada, and overseas.
I have now been painting seriously for about 20 some years; fitting it around my four Kids, and our farm. I like to work in oil, acrylic and gouache, which have the strong colors I prefer to use.
Art Renewal Centre Salon - Finalist - 2019
Artists For Conservation - Vancouver - 2019
Masterpieces in Miniature - Sherwood Park Alberta - 2019
National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society (NOAPS) 2014 Spring Online Exhibition
Masterpieces in Miniature - Sherwood Park, AB. - 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011
The Fall National Oil & Acrylic Society Fall Online Show - 2013
Picture This Gallery's Great Fall Show - 2013
National Oil And Acrylic Painter's Society "Best of America" Exhibit - Bolivar MO - 2013
National Oil & Acrylic Painter's Society (NOAPS) online Exhibition - 2013
American Artists Professional League Summer Online Landscape Exhibition - 2013
American Artists Professional League 85th Grand National Exhibition - New York - 2013
Catharine Lorillard Wolfe 117th Annual Open Exhibition - New York - 2013
Arabella Magazine - Canadian Landscape Exhibition - 2013
Federation of Canadian Artists - Small, Smaller, Smallest - Vancouver BC. - 2011
Artists For Conservation Virtual Show - Grouse Mountain - 2013, 2012, 2011
The American Artists Professional League 83rd Grand National Exhibition - New York - 2011
Spring Fling - MWCA Lloydminster, AB 2011, 2012
The American Artists Professional League 82nd Grand National Exhibition - New York - 2010
VAAA Annual Juried Membership Exhibition - Edmonton AB. - 2010
19th Annual Juried Breckenridge Fine Arts Center Show 2010
Arts Without Borders Juried Fine Art Show (Lloydminster AB/SK)2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
Calgary Stampede Western Showcase (2006, 2005, 2004)
Federation of Canadian Artists (Vancouver, BC) Water media Show (2001)
Federation of Canadian Artists Show (Now "Society of Western Canadian Artists" of Edmonton)
Hudson Valley New York Wildlife Art Show (1998)
Salmagundi Club New York International Show (1997, 1998)
Canadian Wildlife Habitat Art Show (1993 through to 2000)
Canadian Wildlife Habitat Cross Country Show (1993)
ACACA Art Show (1992, 1993, 1994)
Have been an avid supporter of The World Wildlife fund, Canadian Wildlife Habitat, Canadian Wildlife Federation, Nature Canada, and the Local Ducks Unlimited. This support has been through donations and donations of art and prints.
I have also been part of a study that was monitoring the Effect of Argentina's use of DDT and other pesticides on the Local Population of Swainson's Hawks and Red Tail Hawks. Both are common around my area.