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As a child, I was encouraged to experiment with oils and watercolours. I began private instruction with Doolee McDonnell, a Kootenay artist, and I have taken courses at Emily Carr University, Langara College, the Vancouver Academy of Art, the Dene Croft Studio and the Federation of Canadian Artists. Most recently, I was fortunate to study at a week-long workshop with Robert Bateman. I am an active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists, a member of Suite E Life Drawing Society and the Port Moody Art Association. I work primarily in acrylic and watercolours.
Birds are always fascinating subjects. The birds in these paintings are all common in my backyard and I’ve stylized their environment to suit the small format. Although I have an academic background in ecology, I often find I am most acutely observing an environment when I am painting, and birds are a perfect expression of this environment. Through art, I work to capture the essence of this complex avian world.