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My goal as an artist is more than making pretty paintings, my goal is to help you explore your creativity and inspire you to take action. 

Failure is a Good Thing

  It might not seem like it a the time but just think about it for a moment!  If it wasn't for failure we would not be so fortunate today. The light bulb and the airplane being good examples.  Today I am talking about failure as an artist. I don't mean giving up and quitting kind of failure. I am speaking of failing to grow.  You see without failure there […]

Finding Time to Paint

It is something I hear over and over from students and professional artists alike - I don't have time to paint! Why is it we don't make time to do what we love? Is it lack of motivation, fear, guilt, laziness or not allowing ourselves the luxury? I think of art as nurturing my soul and self-care. Without it, I am cranky, depressed and just generally not in a good space.  […]

Simplify

Today I am celebrating the fifth year anniversary of the death of my Dad. Time healsĀ and memories last forever. He was my go-to for advice on money matters and business issues. Not a man of many words but what he said was wise. He was creative in a practical way - fixing machinery and things around the house and farm, building things, welding. He did influence me in many ways […]

Looking Back and Going Forward

Looking Back and Going Forward I always find looking back over the past year helps me with my plans for the future. It is good to take a look at what we DID accomplish and not dwell on the things we didn't get to.  We can then decide if the things that didn't get done are worthy of putting back on the list for the coming year. Why didn't we […]

Studio Reno

The stars have aligned and my studio renovation is underway.  Although I am losing some working space I am gaining some great convenience! With the addition of water and a washroom, I may never leave my studio!  All of this has been happening as I have been painting up a storm for my upcoming show. 

Paint from Your Heart

 I recently held my "Paint from Your Heart" intuitive painting workshop in my studio.  I had 7 ladies in total. Only three had ever painted before.  I was blown away by the results. We started by making doodles in black. Then added a layer of warm tones using a variety of mark making tools. Then a layer of cool colours was added. The result is creative chaos.  From this, as […]

The Aftermath of a Workshop

TThe Aftermath of a Workshop Leftover Paint! I can't see it go to waste so I grab a canvas and start playing. This is how I start my work but with a bit more thought about my palette.  My focus now is to just use up the leftovers. Every colour imaginable!  Here is what started to emerge. I started to see flowers so I added some white lines. Scroll down to […]

Is Clutter Holding You back?

Is Clutter Holding You Back?  My word this year is FOCUS. As I have been trying hard to stay focused I have become increasingly more aware of how clutter affects me.  Visual clutter seems to lead to mind clutter! Even if the clutter is not apparent on the outside - it is there when I open the drawer.   When I grew up spring and fall cleaning was a ritual. […]

Is Fear Holding you back

  Sometimes fear masquerades as procrastination. Are you scared to try new things - fearful that you won't be good at or you will fail? Are you scared to take a step to express your creativity because you can't even draw a straight line or you have always been told you weren't creative or that your brother or sister got all the talent in your family. Are you paralyzed by […]