Painting is new to me. It’s become a gift and an escape. My job is busy, people and conversation-filled. Painting is quiet. Mixing colour, meditative.
I held a “grown-up” paintbrush for the first-time in 2012. After twenty years in the country, I made a home in New Edinburgh, sharing a yard with landscape artist, Gordon Harrison. Whoever said “it’s like watching paint dry” to represent the mundane, has never watched Gordon’s paint dry. I would go into a “kid in a candy-store” trance.
I bought myself a private painting lesson with Gordon for my birthday, and for the next four birthdays. I was hooked.
Most of my canvases are floral landscapes. In this series, sunflowers are reminiscent of my time on the farm, hollyhocks, a reminder of my grandmother, and childhood on the East Coast, and I paint Queen Anne’s Lace because it is so tenacious, yet delicate. You will also see elements of ‘The Gatineau’ I now call home.
It means a lot to me to hear my pieces described as joyous . Art is supposed to make us feel something and that is an energy I am happy to share.