March 1 – March 27, 2022
“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.”
– Marcus Tullius Cicero
I am very fortunate to live on Vancouver Island, where I am surrounded by lush forests, blue sea, and where breathtaking flowers come to life each spring. The natural beauty around me never ceases to amaze and motivate me to create.
One of my favourite places is my garden. Many of my paintings are inspired by rambling, colourful garden vistas, or vases overflowing with brightly hued blooms. I paint mostly in acrylic, sometimes watercolour or pastel, and often embellish with torn paper, fabric, yarn and other “found” materials.
In my previous life I owned a book store, worked as a teacher-librarian and French Immersion teacher (at Parksville Elementary), reviewed books, and taught future teacher-librarians at UBC. I retired and thought I would write a book. But no! I took an art course at TOSH and was hooked! Many courses later, I still find joy in painting!
My art is intuitive. No detailed plan. No preliminary drawing. I may begin with an idea, some lines or marks, or a combination of colours. I put them on the canvas, see what emerges, and respond to it. After years of working within a strict timetable, I find that I deeply appreciate the freedom of simply reacting to a painting as it progresses.
I used to teach art to little kids. Now I get to be that little kid, and play!
You can see my art (and have it printed on many items!) at
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I have several pieces hanging at Adam Walker’s (MLA) office at 184 2nd in Qualicum and two paintings currently at TOSH.