I “used to be" an accountant. It seems a lifetime ago but that is the point. For anyone else who dreams of a different life, my story is important because it shows all things are possible. My journey brought me here, without the financial assistance of a pension, inheritance or a partner... and now I paint. I understand how lucky I am.
I am obsessed with painting outside, but I am also working BIG in the studio. I really like the freedom of the arm movement and rhythm of working on large canvases, along with the brushwork of a larger piece. In particular, I think I will be exploring skies and how to treat clouds. So, I will work hard to continue to grow and walk a fine line between growth that may not be accepted, and the need to keep a roof over my head.
To give proper credit, I have studied in oils and pastels with Deborah Secor, Pietro Palladini, Deborah Paris, Fred Miller, Kim English, Susan Ogilvie, Larisa Aukon and Desmond O'Hagan. I admire The Canadian Seven a great deal, along with Van Gough, Monet, Klimt and Sorrolla among others. I hope to connect with some of you along the way, and I hope to bring joy to you and others through my work. I sincerely thank all of you who have helped make this possible.