I grew up in a small town near Winnipeg, Manitoba in a Mennonite community. My first career was in singing, both opera and oratorio, which was what brought me to Toronto. About fifteen years ago, I was wandering through Bloor West village and a sign caught my eye. It advertised an art school called “Art for the Terrified”. For fun, I took a beginner acrylics course, and discovered a passion and aptitude for painting. Since then, I’ve studied and practiced both decorative and fine art. I had the opportunity to work with Candice Olson on both Divine Design and Candice Tells All. I worked for 14 years out of a studio/gallery in Toronto’s Historical Distillery District, and now have moved to my new studio in Greektown. I happily accept commissions and am often hired to work on pieces that symbolize big transitions in people’s lives.
This flower series comes from my curiosity around edges and being drawn down into the depths of things. There is something both erotic and mystical about the volumes and edges of a flower. How it surges forth from its roots in the earth, and then unfurls unabashed proclaiming its splendor. Unapologetic beauty. Mystery meeting matter. I paint, often wishing that I could crawl inside a petal and be held by its softness. That it could give me comfort and rest.