Some of My Story
Art class was the only class I received straight A's in throughout High School and received recognition for excellence in my final year.
After graduation, I had the opportunity to study Art History in Europe for a full term. From the Parthenon in Athens, Greece to the Louvre in Paris, France, I experienced a high volume of great art in a condensed time period. I experienced European cultural immersion and the great museums and galleries of the world were my classrooms.
It all made a significant impression on my life and who I've become. It broadened my perspective on life, people and their cultures I encountered. Things you cannot learn in the classroom.
I earned a Diploma of Fine Arts in college and returned to my small BC. home town of Oliver to help run the family business. I then continued my education in a completely different direction.
I became a Reserve Peace Officer with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in 1990 and after 7 years working in Penticton and Oliver, British Columbia I was then accepted into the RCMP full time and posted in Nanaimo, on Vancouver Island, and later in Lillooet, a small western town in south central BC.
I spent 13 years in the RCMP, but my career was cut short when I was injured while arresting a violent suspect. I am happy to say, the guy did not get away after he made a great attempt. But the incident left me with a severely damaged shoulder, and after failed surgery, I have permanent nerve damage and other ongoing complications. Also, during my time as an Officer, I suffered a couple of concussions resulting in a TBI ( Traumatic Brain Injury ) and my back and neck started causing problems from a long history of injuries. Long story short - I would never be able to return to work and so in the end, I was offered and took an early medical disability pension.
While I was originally off work healing, I had some spare time, so decided to take a painting class with a local instructor. My first oil painting shocked me a bit . It seemed I had a bit of talent. Once I got over my fear of using color and started to understand values etc, I grew to love the challenge of capturing a certain essence of the subject.
I knew then that I had neglected one of my greatest God given gifts and embarked on my new path, earnign a living as an artist.
In 2008 I met Mike and we got married and I moved me and my two horses and two dogs to Ontario to be with him. We now have a small ranch starting up, with a few horses and cows etc.
I am a member of the local St. Thomas-Elgin Artist's Guild and also The International Equine Artists association.
I continue to show my work locally at both fairs and juries shows. My work continues to evolve, as it should for every artist; that is part of the fun of it!
I find art and painting therapeutic. What makes me want to get up out of bed in the morning? God first, then my husband, then my art and everything else follows. I wake up very thankful every morning. I feel so eternally blessed to have the life I do.
Some of the most interesting, insightful and inspiring people I know, are those who have had to suffer greatly in this life. Without the bad, it is more difficult to relate to the good. My glass is half full...how about yours???