I started drawing and painting as a child and always knew I would be an artist.
My entrepreneurial career blossomed when I was fifteen after I sold my first pastel portrait for five dollars to another student in high school. I loved studying the face, which led me to drawing caricatures at parties and special events across Canada, including a summer in old Montreal. My first murals were on my bedroom walls as a teenager, and I have continued that fascination to paint large surfaces. I now have 24 murals to my credit.
Besides painting, I also organize special events and curate art exhibitions. One of the highlights of my career was to be invited by a New Zealand Arts Trust to share a studio with Maori carvers, followed by a solo show in a gallery.
A Vancouver newspaper once called me a "one woman cultural event."
I strive to make a difference in my work and in my community,
and live a life of joyful purpose in everything I do . . .
Miss Red is my interpretation of a house that caught my eye in my neighbourhood. I wanted to capture the crisp red and white of the home, surrounded by the shrubs and trees. As I worked on this painting, the personality of the house began to emerge and the first House interpretation was born.
This unique style is more than a portrait of a home. It's a dramatic one-of-a-kind painting that keeps neighbours talking!
Miss Red was painted on 8" x10" illustration board in acrylics.
Do you LOVE your House? I love to paint houses - in the artistic, classical sense of course!
This painting captures a moment of a cozy home with snow blanketing the ground.
Art like this is perfect for those moving to a new home or as a memory of a place they loved to live.
This painting is 8" x 10" in acrylics. I do commissions of many homes,
so please contact me if you have a special place you'd like immortalized.
Mini Portraits are screaming colour fests rich with funk and vibration!
It's art that commands attention!
I love to draw and paint faces, and this takes me further in interpreting a feeling of someone's face.
I started drawing classical pastel portraits as a teenager and graduated to caricatures.
It is truly a fun experience for me as an artist to really jazz it up.
This painting is 6" x 6" in acrylic. Want a bigger rendition? I do murals too remember !!
The Queen of the Blossoms was painted in honour of the cherry blossoms that bring magical delight to me in Vancouver.
Each spring I am again overwhelmed by the breathtaking spell they cast on the city.
24" x 30" in acrylics. SOLD to a California Collector.
Design, Illustration, & Cartoons
I've created many t-shirt designs, illustrations, and cartoons throughout my artistic life.
I like clean lines and humourous overtones. Laughter gets the point across, simplicity tells the story.
Whether it's a neighbourhood issue, a community event, or something for your company,
I will take an idea and fly it into a magical realm of creativity for you.
Colouring Books I create unique colouring books about families like yours.
I can create a colouring book of where you live or work, or your community.
Simply supply me with photographs and I will take it from there.
You can't buy this in a store, but you can order it here.
Murals - I created the The Face of Vancouver mural as a fundraising project for Covenant House Vancouver, Canada.
Each of the 261 participants represents a financial contribution including 15 dogs and 6 cats.
I bagan painting on July 6th, 2005 and applied the final brushstroke on November 18th, 2005. In other words, it took 11 months over 3 years to complete it weather permitting!
This is just one of many fundraising ideas that I have used with my artwork. I also paint live at special events ... fun and fast with an impact!
Check out the mural on You Tube soon ...