This fall, at the Mary Allen Studio Tour I displayed six of my framed pieces together, on a grid wall. Somehow, with all the pieces in front of me, I had an "A-ha" moment! For the first time I saw my own distinct style. Previously, I had been describing my work as "moody and etherial" but… Continue reading Finding My Style
"I found I could say things with colour and shapes that I couldn't say any other way - things I had no words for." -Georgia O'Keefe My style has become synonymous with moody etherial, light filled paintings of flowers. I thought I would ruminate on why I chose this particular subject matter. I have never… Continue reading Why do I paint flowers?
I can't pinpoint when I stopped living an inspired, creative life, but sometime after graduating University (with a BA in Studio Art and History) I lost my creative spark. Post university I was working in customer service and pursuing motherhood and other non creative projects. It felt so empty and it felt like I had… Continue reading Corduroy Road: The Breakthrough Moment for My Creative Career
This past month for World Watercolour month I joined hundreds of watercolour artists in creating a daily painting practice, and sharing the daily paintings to social media. This is a charitable program run and developed by Doodlewash which draws respected artists and painters of all levels worldwide. I knew participating would be a challenge, and… Continue reading What I learned painting 31 paintings in 31 Days
Since September of last year, I have been working part time at a Custom Framing Store in Waterloo and I LOVE IT! The position couldn't have come at a better time and the women I work with are nothing short of amazing! Here are 5 Things I learned from training as a Custom Framer. 1.… Continue reading 5 Things I learned Working at a Custom Framing Store
"Sketches have in common a flame that the painting does not possess. It is the moment of heat for the artists, of pure energy, with none of the adornments that reflection adds to everything." - Dierot On my first trip to Europe in 2010, I took around 700 photos over the 9 days I was… Continue reading Why you should take Sketches of your travels instead of Photos.
One of the best ways to get inspired is to visit local art hubs. You don't have to head to Toronto to see amazing art. In Kitchener - Waterloo, we are so lucky to have a rich and diverse arts culture. Here are some of my favourite Art Spots in Waterloo Region. The Canadian Clay… Continue reading My Favourite Art Spots in Kitchener – Waterloo