I have been producing art as long as I can remember; when I was a toddler I’d sit by my grandma’s side while she made beautiful oil paintings. Her name was Beatrice Sophia Armstrong Coleman. She would talk to me about the colours and textures in trees, water, flowers etc. I would, as I got older, draw as she painted. She encouraged me to become an artist.
Through her influence, I became interested in doing landscape paintings. I have travelled extensively across Canada and have continued, in my adult life, to paint landscape scenes from Tofino BC to Holyrood NL. The other significant influence on my work came from my fellow artists. I strive to create the rhythm, harmony, sounds, texture, movement and colour of my surroundings, constructing something that is pleasing and very intimate to me, and hopefully to others.
My style has evolved over the years and I have expanded into still life, florals, animal portraits and portraiture. When others look at my work, be it realism or abstract, I want my audience to become enticed by the colours, movement, textures and the rhythm of the work. Having them reflect on a moment in their lives when they too got caught up in the flash of colour, a whisper of wind, the tactile differences in textures and the sound track from their own lives.
Three years ago, I shifted some of my focus from realism to the more abstract, in particular abstract acrylic pouring getting a closer feel of the under lying base, going back to simpler times, focusing on colour, movement, pattern and texture.
Born: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Education: Burnhamthorpe C.I. Commercial art. Ryerson University Food Science, Toronto Teachers College
Teacher: Ottawa Board of Education, 1968 -1969
City of York Board of Ed.1969 -1972,1989 -2000, Adult Education City of York 1973 – 1985, Etobicoke Board 1980 -1982,
2007 -2010 Instructor James Kerr, 2008 Christopher Pew Life Drawing
2005 – 2010 Artists workshops Tony Batton, John Leonard, Denise Sperry, Margret Martin, Jane E. Jones, Linda Kemp
2006 Juried into Pelham Art Festival
2007 James Kerr – juror – honourable mention
2008 – Juried into Cobourg Water Front Festival
2008 – 1st place Pelham art Assoc. Juried show – juror D. Sperry
2010 – 1st Place Pelham Art Assoc. juried show – juror David Gilbert curator Niagara Falls and Welland Art Galleries
2016 – Accepted into "Are You Looking at Me?" Portrait show Niagara Gallery
2006 – 2014 - VP Pelham Art Assoc.
2005 – 2011 Advertising coordinator Pelham Art Festival
2008 – 2010 Advertising coordinator Art By The Lighthouse show
2010 – President of Art By The Lighthouse Show
2008 –2012 Coordinator Pelham/Welland Art Tour
2009 – 2012 Coordinator Pelham Summerfest Art Show
Art Galleries: Somerset Gallery, ArtZila, The Greens on Lily Street Gallery/Riding Mt. National Park, Art for all Canada Gallery Toronto, Gallery 329 Ridgeway, Ont., Rosberg Gallery, Niagara Falls, Gallery, Port Colborne, Andies Place Gallery and Boutique, Port Colborne, Member, Oak Gallery Port Dover, Member Arts Place, Port Colborne
Acrylic Instructor with Niagara Pumphouse Art Centre, Port Colborne Art Association, Haftar Fine Art Studio