Approach / Inspiration
I am inspired by whatever I see that has natural history. The watercolours of Beatrix Potter when she studied mushrooms and nature, Muriel Foster's watercolours of her fishing trips and hand tied trout flies, and Albrecht Dürer’s plant paintings are just some artists that come to mind.
I have drawn all my life from a very early age. I began painting with oils in 1975. In 1977 I was hired by B.C. Ministry of Forests, Research Branch to illustrate plants for field guides using ink on photographic paper, ecosystem profiles in graphic form, and maps. I returned home in 1980 and continued working in oils. I painted acrylic murals and faux finishes for 12 years and moved on to chalk pastel in 2005. I spent several years participating in the Arts and Culture Centre life drawing group. before changing to watercolour, which I still continue to learn. I have carved stone and wood, sculpted clay mushrooms, and made wooden toys and furniture. Along with my creative pursuits, I have worked as a painter/plasterer for more than 40 years.