Born in Powell River and having lived in various places on the West coast from White Rock to Prince Rupert, on south Vancouver Island - Victoria and Sooke, and now on Hornby Island, it is no surprise that the natural coastline, mountains, trees and water are my inspiration.
From a very early age, I always loved to draw and paint or do anything where I could create something artistic. I love to use my imagination. I use my colours quite unsparingly and am happy to use my prerogative to create something unique that comes from my heart and soul. My inspiration definitely comes from the natural environment around me and this is sure to keep me busy for a very long time!
In my 20's I started to take a serious interest in painting, began taking lessons and workshops and not long after that I began showing my paintings in some local art shows in Burnaby and then on the Northern West Coast of B.C. In my 30’s I continued to paint and learn when I could while raising my children and working. I am mainly a self-taught artist and enjoy working in watercolours, oils and acrylics. While living in Prince Rupert also in my early 30’s I was honoured to be selected as a winner in a juried art show in Terrace for the Northern Region of BC and chosen to participate in the BC Festival of the Arts in Chilliwack that year.
I retired in 2010 and am now painting on a regular basis in my studio, Bent-Tree-Studio, located on Arthurs Road on Hornby Island, BC. I paint big and small and mainly landscapes, seascapes, flowers, birds and animals. Since retiring I have shown my work on Hornby Island in various venues with the Hornby Island Art Council and the Artist Run Gallery.
I hope this website will help to promote my paintings which are all original (no prints other than artcards). I would love to have you come and visit my studio anytime you are on Hornby Island. I look forward to any comments you would like to leave for me as well!
My studio is on Arthurs Road, between McLeod and Reicken Roads.
I will be showing at various GROUP ART SHOWS this summer:
HIAC - June 12th to June 17th, 2018 at the Island Gallery with opening on Thursday June 14th, 7 p.m.
HIAC - September 2nd to September 7th, 2018 at The Community Hall with Opening Tuesday, September 4th at 7 p.m.
THE CO-OP - The Hornby Island Co-op has a group show in the month of July which I will participate in.
STUDIO TOUR: Also, this year HIAC in conjunction with the Hornby Island Festival will be holding a Studio Tour on July 1st, 2018. "Bent-Tree-Studio" will be on the route. Hope to see you there!
Bent Tree Studio officially opened Aug. 2014 ...
Hours: Normally I can be open most days from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. My "Open sign" will be out or please call for an appointment. Check it out...
Art Cards for sale...
Art cards can be found in my studio, the Co-op, HIAC and on this website.
Check out the various fund-raising projects that I have submitted both paintings and 3-D projects to. The most recent event was the HerringFest artshow put on by Conservancy Hornby Island in March 2018.