My paintings are inspired by the grandeur of the natural world. Subjects often include a fluid element, as I am drawn to water's abstract qualities of light, reflection and distortion. Canadian waters are a marvelous resource for my observations.
Hiking the Bruce Trail, wilderness canoeing and camping, or even a walk along the Etobicoke Creek near my studio always provides great reference. It is through my close examination of the earth's marvels; the intricate design, pattern, endless colour combinations, majesty and beauty, that I am inspired to interpret and share these through my work.

I am comfortable working in multiple mediums but my medium of choice is transparent water colour. There is a great sensory drawing and painting approach to it which allows me to capture luminosity, almost like painting with light. Recently introduced in my work are beautiful hand-made papers from Montreal with full deckle edges.
I was elected a member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour in 2004 and a member of the Transparent Watercolor Society of America in 2010.
I have studied at the Ontario College of Art and Design in the continuing studies program, with a focus on drawing and painting. These skills have always come naturally to me, and I greatly value the early direction received from my art and architecture teachers. Conducting my own painting workshops brings a newfound respect for them.

 

CV

Open Water 2018
93rd Annual International Juried Exhibition
of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour
John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto
 
International Exhibit 2018
"Au-Dela des Mers: Between Friends - Across the Seas – Entre Amis"
The French Watercolor Society and the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour
celebrate Inspiration, Joy of Watercolour, and the Movement of Pigment in this cultural exchange.
Helson Gallery,
Halton Hills Cultural Centre, Ontario, Canada.
 
Le Cloître St. Louis, Avignon, France
 

Art In The Park
Bronte Heritage Park, Oakville, ON 2015, 2016

Libby Gallery, Toronto ON
Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour Celebrates 90 Years,
Members Past and Present Show, 2015

Headwaters Arts Festival, 2015
Alton Mills Art Centre, Alton, ON

Sante Fe Gallery, Owen Sound ON
Watermark 2015
Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour, Ontario Region Exhibit

McMichael Canadian Art Collection
Autumn Art Sale 2014, Klienburg, ON

Helson Gallery, Halton Hills
Ontario Plein Air Society - Plein Air Challenge 2014

Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibit, 2014

Kenosha Public Museum, Wisconsin, Illinois, USA. 2013
Transparent Watercolor Society of America 37th International Juried Exposition

Buzzfest, Terra Cotta ON. 2013

Subaru of Brampton, 2011, 2012

J.B. Aird Gallery, Toronto - Open Water Exhibition, International Juried Show, 2010

Member 2010 – Transparent Watercolor Society of America – Morris, Illinois

Robert’s Gallery, Toronto - Reflections National Juried Show, 2010

Studios of Brampton Tour – 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010

Elected Member 2004 - The Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour – Toronto

PAMA Gallery, Brampton, Ontario – CSPWC Diploma Collection 2004

Wallace Studios - Explosions of Colour Show, Toronto 2003

J.B. Aird Gallery, Toronto - Open Water Exhibition, International Juried Show

Art Gallery of Peel – Juried Show

Big Sisters of Peel Art Auction - Guest Artist

The Atrium, Brampton City Hall – Group Show

Peel Children’s Aid Society, Fantasy Auction - Guest Artist

Visions Gallery, Brampton - Solo Show

Heritage Theatre, Brampton – Feature Artist

Bovaird House, Brampton – Feature Artist

City of Brampton, Painting Commission City Hall, 10,000 Posters Released 

 

Awards

People's Choice Award,
Watermark 2015, Sante Fe Gallery, Owen Sound
"Tangled Reflections"

Martin F. Weber Award
Transparent Watercolor Society of America 37th National Exposition, 2013, USA
"Marsh Reflections"

Woolfitts Art Award,
The Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour, Open Water 2012,
87th International Juried Exhibit,  J.B. Aird Gallery, Toronto
“Emerge” Triptych

S.J. Sloan Award, 2003
“Autumn Mist ll”

People’s Choice Award, 1992
Visual Arts Brampton
“Main Street Brampton”

 

Education

Ontario College of Art and Design
Art and Design Studio Skills Certificate, 2016