To be creative was essential for me since I can remember: drawing, embroidery, playing the piano, and making clothes since a young age, I also often walked in the woods, observed the little creatures and frequented places where there were birds and frog songs.
Later I learned to draw at the Ottawa School of Art. After many years of working in offices (Non-governmental organizations, technology, Fair Trade) and wanting to paint, I finally started in 2008. I soon found a way to work with oil without chemicals: the products used with the oil colours are the problem, not the colours, so I often use only colours, and rarely other products, and these are the most eco-friendly and safe products available.
Artist, oil painting en-plein-air and studio Working with oil colours, I’ve created portraits and landscapes since 2008, painted en-plein-air in the Cordillera Escalera, Peru, the Great Lakes and their watersheds, and the Frontenac Arch Biosphere Reserve north of Kingston. I’ve exhibited and sold much artwork, and won several prizes in Ottawa and Kingston. Applecrate Gallery in Manotick and Studio 87 in Perth currently have a good selection of my en-plein-air work.
As a visual artist with awards and solo exhibits, I also have an OCA Arts Educator Certificate, as well as a TESOL Certificate, with experience teaching visual arts and piano to children, en-plein-air painting, fashion sketching, observation skills to adults. I often also work as a gardener, a barista, an art teacher, a house painter.
Academic studies where while I worked, mostly distance learning: sociology, at Waterloo University 1991-97, literature and music history at Queens University 1991, drawing, painting, marketing, Algonquin college & Ottawa school of art, and fashion design at the Académie des couturiers Canadiens, 1979 to 1980. I am also fluent in English and French, conversant in Spanish and love to connect with people of different cultures.