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.
All paintings for sale from this website are originals. 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.
NEW ART CARDS FOR SALE....
5 New Artcards are now available. Click on the tab located above to check them out.
HORNBY ISLAND ART'S COUNCIL GALLERY - Two group art shows coming up for the summer of 2019! The Small Works Fundraiser for HIAC and the New Arts Centre was held July 30th to Aug. 11th at HIAC "Gallery in the Woods" and the large works Art Show is starting on Aug. 16th at the Community Hall.
THE CO-OP - The Hornby Island Co-op has a group show for the months of July and August which I will be participating in.
Bent Tree Studio officially opened Aug. 2014 ...
Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday - 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. If I am in my Studio on other days, I will have my "Open sign" out by the Studio or you can 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.
The most recent event was the HerringFest Artshow put on by Conservancy Hornby Island in March 2019 at the Community Hall. Another HerringFest Artshow happened at the Co-op of which I was a part of. I am happy to report that two of my sea lion watercolour paintings were sold.
In 2018 I participated and sold a large painting at UBC in Vancouver along with many other artists to fundraise for "HornbyTimes". Proceeds went towards our new Art Centre that has been in the works for quite a number of years. It is anticipated that ground-breaking for the new building will take place in the Fall of 2019.
Check out some other fund-raising projects that I have participated in with both paintings and 3-D projects over the years at: Volunteer Project Gallery