I was born and raised in a small New England village but moved to Canada at the age of 19 with my new husband, who is from Newfoundland. I’ve lived in Canada now my whole adult life but that Yankee accent still surfaces when I spend time with my siblings.
For many years, we lived just outside Toronto and I worked in the city. One spring afternoon, I took a walk on my lunch break. At a busy intersection, I stepped off the curb to cross when the light changed.
At that moment, a driver ran his red light. He passed so close, I could have reached out and touched the vehicle before it struck a nearby light pole. Debris flew all around me. My legs barely held me up until I got back to the sidewalk and collapsed, hardly believing I hadn’t been struck. To say I was grateful to be alive would be putting it mildly.
When I could think straight again, I asked myself, “Why am I waiting to pursue my dreams?”
I had always wanted to paint so I took classes and workshops. I dove deeper into the fibre arts I loved, as well. I kept working in order to pay for education and materials but my end goal was to live a more creative life.
Finding my happy place
A few years after my near miss, my husband and I took a gigantic leap of faith and moved from Ontario to Nova Scotia and the beautiful Bay of Fundy. After settling in, he created a studio for me next to our home.
Most days now, you’ll find me in my studio playing and creating. The awesome power of the Bay of Fundy is right outside my windows but it’s really the small things that inspire me. My art reflects my love of the natural world, especially those things we all tend to just walk by, hardly noticing. Like a bee at work in a flower or the beauty of wet pebbles as the tide recedes. I am inspired by nature.
Creating beautiful things helps me stay in the moment, find flow and pay attention to my life. My “experiments” don’t always work out and that’s okay, too because I always learn something from the process. The pieces that do succeed find their way into my galleries.
My wish is that my art will find an echo in your own love of the natural world. Which is my invitation to you to visit my gallery and find a piece you love so I can make more!
Other things I do when I’m not making art:
- I love to garden. I especially love flower gardens
- I enjoy knitting and sewing
- I like to write and this blog itself is one of my creative outlets
- I love discovering the beauty of Nova Scotia
- I’m also president of two local art groups
So that’s me in a nutshell. I’m so glad you stopped by!