In the 1980’s I immigrated to Newfoundland from England to work in the health care sector, which was my full-time career until 2008.
I’ve always needed a creative outlet,with needlework and fabrics being a part of my life since I was quite young.
Therefore, I took time away from health care to complete the full-time Textile Studies Course at the Anna Templeton Centre in St. John’s.
Working with textiles whet my appetite for creative activities, so I went on to study painting, drawing and sculpture at the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design in Halifax, completing my Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1999.
After graduating I was fortunate to find studio space on Water Street in St. John’s.
During my time there I exhibited on a number of occasions in the Provincial Arts & Letters Competition and in group shows at Eastern Edge Art Gallery and A1C Gallery, St John’s.
First Solo Show
My first solo show “Looking for the Light” travelled to Calgary and Gander.
Local solo shows were:
“Many Forms of Water”
Mount Pearl City Hall in 2010,
a fundraiser for The Stephen Lewis Foundation
Tiffany Village in 2011, a fundraiser for The Seniors Resource Centre, St John’s.
This show was my first venture into low relief textured paintings. I continue developing and experimenting with these sculptural effects.
In 2011 I participated in “International Women Celebrate!” at AyrSpace in Ayr, Ontario, an exhibition to celebrate the centenary of International Women’s Day. My submission was included in the exhibition catalogue.
In August 2012 I opened Ultramarine Fine Art Studio on Duckworth Street, St. John’s as a combination art gallery and studio space to showcase my current work.
Here I enjoy meeting the art loving public and exchanging ideas with other artists.
The natural environment is often my inspiration for colours and subjects.
The fleeting nature of icicles and light on water are recurring themes in my work as are colourful abstracts drawn from the natural world.
When a series of explorations is complete I move onto another art adventure.