BORN AND RAISED IN ALBERTA, CANADA, I HAVE BEEN DRAWING AS FAR BACK AS MEMORY CAN TAKE ME. OF COURSE AS A SMALL GIRL I BEGAN WITH HORSES. AS I GREW OLDER, THAT EVOLVED INTO INTRICATE STILL-LIFES AND PORTRAITS, ALL IN GRAPHITE. I ENJOYED WHAT I WAS DOING BUT SOMETHING WAS MISSING, AND I COULDN’T QUITE PUT MY FINGER ON IT. AND THEN I DREW MY FIRST WILDLIFE PICTURE AND WAS SMITTEN! IT WAS THE INNOCENCE AND PURITY OF WILD ANIMALS THAT WAS SO ATTRACTIVE TO ME. I AM COMPLETELY SELF-TAUGHT. DRAWING HAS ALWAYS COME NATURALLY TO ME. MAYBE IT WAS GIVEN TO ME AS PART OF MY SPIRIT OR SOUL, BUT PEOPLE AROUND ME RECOGNIZED IT BEFORE I DID. FAMILY, FRIENDS AND TEACHERS WOULD ENCOURAGE IT, BOTH VERBALLY AND BY GIVING ME TOOLS TO USE AND EXPERIMENT WITH. FOR THAT I AM GRATEFUL. SOMETIMES PEOPLE HAVE GIFTS THAT THEY DON’T SEE IN THEMSELVES AND IT TAKES LITTLE PUSHES HERE AND THERE TO FULLY UNDERSTAND THEIR OWN UNIQUENESS. “SINCE WE HAVE GIFTS THAT DIFFER ACCORDING TO THE GRACE GIVEN TO US, EACH OF US IS TO EXERCISE THEM ACCORDINGLY…” ROMANS 12:6 MY GRACE IS ART, LET ME SHARE IT WITH YOU! JOIN ME ON MY JOURNEY INTO THE NATURAL WORLD.
Over the years I have had the pleasure, and honor, to donate work and time to causes I respect and cherish. One of the most dear to me is Ducks Unlimited, Canada. Our wetlands are so very important to me. They are a home to a multitude of flora and fauna, act as a fresh water filter, and provide some beautiful spaces to enjoy. By extension I also co-facilitated an art show to benefit a DU member in Bearverlodge, AB. Not only did she take in orphaned wildlife, she also had a beautiful wetland on which a mated pair of whooping cranes nested every year. The show was put on in her honor and 50% of all proceeds was given to her directly. Other conservation organizations have received donations of work, such as Trout Unliimited, The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, and the Edmonton Valley Zoo - Red Panda Exhibit. Today my priorities are leaning to clean oceans, and fighting South American deforestation and I am currently researching ways in which I can help.