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International Art Exhibition
I cannot remember a time when I did not paint. I am also an irrepressible and dedicated conservationist. I had exposure to the profound mysteries and beauty of nature as a child on the south coast of England. I explored ceramic sculpture, oils and life art studies. Later I discovered the magic of watercolour with the late Jack Reid and later honed my skills with Carl Brenders. It was through my love of flowers, I became a founding director of the Canadian Wildflower Society. This passion led me to become a member of the American Society of Botanical Artists and the Botanical Artists of Canada. I am a Past Vice President of the Scugog Council for the Arts, and past VP of the Public Acquisitions Board for the Arts for the Town of Port Perry. I have also written, illustrated and self-published three award-winning books.
“My call is deep my call is strong, it will not let me sleep too long.”
I had my first critique at the age of 3 when I finger-painted using coal dust and baby oil on my mother’s cream-coloured carpet. Why I painted again is a mystery.
Creativity in some form has followed me. I studied interior design at McGill University, as well as cultural anthropology, oil painting and grapho-analysis. As I am a mirror dyslexic, I have never written any of the final exams. Being dyslexic when the word had not yet been invented, I was, on a daily basis in high school, compared to my siblings. Thankfully I was accepted in the world of the arts but never judged. It is here where I grew and shone.
I helped to start the Richmond Hill Group of Artists and created their original logo. I became a founding director of the Canadian Wildflower Society and also created the original logo. I was also instrumental in beginning the Scugog Spring Studio Tour. Later I became the VP of the Scugog Council for the arts and VP of the public art acquisitions board. I also served as curator of their gallery. Over the years became deeply involved with the Mayor of Port Perry’s annual fundraising dinner for the arts and did all the décor for the annual Highland of Durham White Heather Ball. It was through my art that I was able to raise close to $30,000.00 for the Stephen Lewis Foundation.
Just before my daughter-in-law died, she asked if I would finish a book that I started five years earlier. To honour her I started a new and difficult journey and wrote, illustrated and self-published 3 award-winning books.