Encaustic Painter & Quilt Artist
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Whimsical colour combinations and strong lines in urban and rural landscapes inspire representational and abstract paintings and quilts.
I took private oil painting classes as a child, then completed the visual arts program at Georges Vanier S.S., and courses at OCA in the early 70’s. I continued to paint, attend life drawing classes and sold re-worked antique quilts & original work at a gallery in Yorkville. A business career took over, but I continued in classes and took up learning the skills of quilting, fabric dyeing, mono prints and painting in encaustic.
I’d learned about encaustic in school by studying the Fayum portraits and have taken extensive courses with Andrea Bird at Meta4 in Port Perry and at The Hive in Alton, with Susan Fisher at Haliburton School of the Arts and with both Cynthia Winika and Lisa Pressman at R&F Encaustics in New York. I’ve taught numerous beginner classes in encaustic in my studio and always demonstrate during studio tours.
My quilting journey restarted at the Quilters Cupboard in Uxbridge and I’ve attended many courses in Canada and the US with professional quilters. I teach advanced quilting courses and lecture on quilting at guilds. I’m an active member of my local quilt guild and have been our Show Convenor three times. It’s a major event, attracting over 1,200 visitors to each show.
About 15 years ago I created wonderful studio space in our home and I’ve been working away developing a body of work since then. My studio is a site on the the Lake Scugog Studio Tour held each May and this year I am the Chair of the leadership team.
My paintings are in encaustic (beeswax and damar resin) on birch panels or created as mono prints using fabric dyes on paper. I’m inspired by the whimsical colour combinations and strong lines I see in both urban and rural landscapes. These inspirations may lead to representational or abstract work. In my work the viewer gets drawn into layers of luminous colours and rich textures.
Recent Exhibitions & Juried Shows
Kent Farndale Gallery, Port Perry, solo exhibition
Site Artist, Lake Scugog Studio Tour
Scugog, Ontario, May 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019
Juried Show of Paintings, Scugog Council for the Arts Gallery
Port Perry, Ontario, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018
Celebration of the Arts, Juried Show, Uxbridge
September 2016, 2017 & 2018
Colborne Art Gallery, solo exhibition
Annual Juried Show, Colborne Art Gallery (received Honourable Mention in 2014)
Colborne, Ontario, July - August 2014, 2015 & 2016
Preview Shows for Lake Scugog Studio Tour at Farndale Gallery and Scugog Council for the Arts Gallery
Scugog, April 2013, April 2015, April 2016
Hi Hope Farm Blossom Festival (won Viewer’s Choice)
Scugog, Ontario, May 2015, May 2016
Port Perry Patchers Quilt Shows (won Best In Show & Viewer’s Choice in 2016)
May 2003, 2006, 2009, 2012 & 2016
Guest Artist, Uxbridge Studio Tour
Guest Artist, Durham West Studio Tour
Solo Show, Scugog Council for the Arts gallery
Port Perry, Ontario, September 2015
Canterbury Creative Arts Show
Toronto, Ontario, May 2015
National Juried Show, Canadian Quilters’ Association
June 2012 & June 2014
International Juried Show “QuiltWeek”, American Quilters’ Society
Paducah, Kentucky, USA, April 2014
Chair Affair, Durham Community Foundation
Abilities Centre, Whitby, Ontario, Jan - Feb 2013
Group Show, The Hive
Alton Mill Arts Centre, Caledon, Ontario, May - August 2012
The Hotel Fair, 5th Annual Encaustic Conference
Provincetown, Massachusetts, June 2011