In a couple of weeks I'm heading off to Iceland to stay at an artist residency for one month. I'll be staying on a small island in the north of Iceland for the month of June (and then a two week driving tour of the West Fjords!) …Read More
"Infinite patience creates immediate results."
I think of this every time I start a new drawing on canvas. I have the finished painting already in my mind... But I still have to go through the creative process to get there. Holding the vision has to be enough for now…Read More
The 9th annual North Shore Art Crawl has come and gone… And as always it’s been a joy to open our studios to the public for this weekend full of art and connection. We had our first group photo of the artists at Welch Street Studios!…Read More
It’s a beautiful September day… The sun is shining and the air is clear with that crisp, autumn feeling… The leaves are changing colours and starting to fall… Change is in the air. I think this may be my favourite time of year! It’s also National Forest Week and I’m celebrating…Read More
Autumn is about stepping out, creating, energy and action.
As you emerge with a new sense of self in the world, you are clear on who you are and what you want to create. It's time to reap what you have sown as you harvest your dreams and make them real.
After Summer’s inhale into Being, Autumn exhales into Doing. This is a time for…Read More
Forest Tales is a project that began as a series of paintings with a story to tell, each painting taking the viewer on a fairytale journey into the land of their imagination. In the large-scale canvases, the detailed shapes and vibrant colours bring the forest to life…Read More
I've made mistakes and I have some regrets... And if I could go back, I'd do some things differently... But if there's one thing I've learned, it's that sometimes what is thought to be a mistake, often opens up a whole new way of doing things. Sometimes a bad thing turns out to be a good thing..Read More
When I was very young, in elementary school, I was often called out by the teacher for daydreaming and not paying attention. I’d be gazing out the window, lost in the reverie of another time and place, when I’d hear a voice...Read More
A few years ago I lived in a little cottage in the woods. The cottage was surrounded by trees… Great, big grandfather trees. It was very dark in the winter evenings as I made my way home through the woods (with the help of the light shining from my cell phone!). Inside the cottage I felt safe though, nestled amongst the trees and listening to the rushing stream that ran past the cottage and the occasional owl or chattering raccoons…Read More
I’m working on a large new painting and just beginning the drawing process. A large painting like this will take weeks to complete, but when I put pencil to canvas I start to lose myself in my work… I move into a state of “flow” where time disappears…Read More
What is certain is what’s known and what is now past.
It’s what’s in the box.
Outside of the box is where the possibilities are. It’s the great unknown; the Land of Uncertainty.
Creativity comes from this place...Read More
I'm finishing up the last details of my drawing for my next large painting... With a simple HB pencil I'm sketching out a story on canvas. I love this part of the process...
It's as if I'm a conduit bringing the vision from my mind's eye, down through my arm, into my hand and out through the pencil onto canvas. Drawing helps me really connect to what I'm creating in a tangible way.Read More
Today I am resting and I’m thinking about what matters most...
When the whirlwind of life threatens to take me away... my studio is my sanctuary.
I can gaze out the window and watch the busy world go by, but inside it's quiet and still.
To create you first must be inspired. But inspiration doesn’t come from busy-ness. It doesn’t come from pushing hard to reach goals or left-brain thinking, planning and analysing...Read More
I love my early morning walks, before the world gets busy and I still feel partially in another realm... It’s almost as if I’m walking a bridge between two worlds. With so many thoughts swirling in my head, walking helps to sort them out, each step giving direction and focus... creating a path for my day.Read More
There are lots of reasons why I paint.
I paint because I have an over-whelming desire to create; to have a sense of creative discovery is deeply satisfying. Every painting is a new adventure...Read More
When I create a painting it’s just like creating anything in life. It begins with a vision; an idea...
I imagine the details... The size of the canvas, the colours and feeling sense I want to create…Read More
There’s a divine paradox in life; to receive what you want you must first let it go.
Once you have a dream or desire in mind, it is already there and ready to be received. But you cannot push or pull it to you… you allow it into your life.Read More
Dreams and goals all begin as an idea that, once planted and nurtured. begins to grow and blossom in its own unique way. From ethereal to real it becomes 'real' through a natural, creative process that I call a Dream Journey...Read More