Biography

In my childhood, I drew portraits of movie stars and musicians. I grew up in a busy family of seven children, and it was difficult to find an empty piece of paper to draw on, so I often drew on used envelopes and the reverse side of letters, or bills, or whatever else I could find, and I covered my bedroom door with these images. I took lessons at the Museum Art Gallery in Edmonton when I was in elementary school, and In junior high school, I had a wonderful teacher, Mrs. Levy, who supported my artistic sensibilities by providing me with many opportunities to express myself. When I reached high school, I pursued academics, and that left less opportunity for options. Every smart young woman of that time, took typing, as career choices were more limited in those days. In my early twenties, I finally made the decision that I wanted to pursue a career as a visual artist.

I have been a part of the art community of Calgary for over thirty years. Born in Edmonton, Alberta, I moved to Calgary at the age of 26, and raised my two sons here, while I attended the University of Calgary, where I completed a BFA with a major in Painting, and later a BEd in Secondary Art Education. Currently, I am a High School Art Teacher with the Calgary Pubic School System, and an active visual artist.

In the 1990's I shared a studio with a group of artists. We shared the space, shared ideas, and had art shows in our studio, which we called, Slope Studio. Later, I joined another art co-operative, called the Point of Art. I now have a studio set up in my home. Over the years I have participated in a number of group and solo exhibitions, predominantly in Alberta, but including other parts of Canada. I have worked on set designs for theatre companies, magazine covers, book covers, and most recently a poster for an organization in Caracas, Venezuela. In recent years, I have been involved in Black History month, exhibiting artwork with other like-minded artists, where we celebrated our musical and visual connections with Africa.

Travelling has inspired me, educated me, and provided me with many adventures. When I travel, I seek out the artists of the community, and try to learn from them. I have had the opportunity to travel to many of the important art centres in North America, like, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Toronto, Montreal, etc. And many countries around the world. I spent seven summers in a rural community in France, living in a little village in the southwest, called Lectoure, where I purchased a home and became part of the quaint community of a medieval town. This kind of exposure to life and art has proviided me with an extraordinary repetoire of visual experiences.

Because I am a teacher, I value knowledge and learning and continue to educate myself in ways of making art and exploring the new, but I continue to find comfort with my oil painting.