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I am a Canadian artist and writer, privileged and grateful to be living on British Columbia's beautiful S,DÁYES (Pender Island), the unceded traditional territory of the W̱SÁNEĆ peoples. My visual art includes mainly abstract paintings in oil & cold wax or acrylic as well as photographs - usually digitally manipulated. I have also written, edited and/or co-edited a dozen books: five poetry collections, three anthologies and four chapbooks.
A bit more about me:
Painting is something I always wanted to do but assumed I couldn't. So instead, I focused my creative energy on another of my passions, poetry - often trying to evoke the visual through words. Finally, in my mid-60s, after many years of writing and a decade of working with photographs, I was encouraged by artist Judith Walker to take the first of what would become numerous painting classes. I began exhibiting my work - first photo art, then paintings - at various Pender Island venues in 2013. Since then my work has also been shown in several juried exhibits, including the 2022 and 2023 Sooke Fine Arts Shows and the 2023 Parallel Art Show.
I worked in communications for 15 years and, before that, as an office manager/conference organizer/student advisor, secretary, union co-ordinator, library assistant, and reporter. Born in Quebec and raised in New Brunswick, I lived for some 40 years in Vancouver before moving to Pender in 2012.