Encaustic Painting & Quilts
My paintings are in encaustic (beeswax and damar resin) on birch panels or created as mono prints using fabric dyes on paper. I’m inspired by the whimsical colour combinations and strong lines I see in both urban and rural landscapes. These inspirations may lead to representational or abstract work. In my work the viewer gets drawn into layers of luminous colours and rich textures.
I took private oil painting classes as a child, then completed the visual arts program at Georges Vanier S.S., and courses at OCA in the early 70’s. I continued to paint, attend life drawing classes and sold re-worked antique quilts & original work at a gallery in Yorkville. A business career took over, but I continued in classes and took up learning the skills of quilting, fabric dyeing, mono prints and painting in encaustic.
I’d learned about encaustic in school by studying the Fayum portraits and have taken extensive courses with Andrea Bird at The Hive in Alton, with Susan Fisher at Haliburton School of the Arts and with both Cynthia Winika and Lisa Pressman at R&F Encaustics in New York. I’ve taught numerous beginner classes in encaustic in my studio and always demonstrate during studio tours.
My quilting journey restarted at the Quilters Cupboard in Uxbridge and I’ve attended many courses in Canada and the US with professional quilters. I teach advanced quilting courses and lecture on quilting at guilds.
About 15 years ago I created wonderful studio space in our home and I’ve been working away developing a body of work since then. My studio is a site on the the Lake Scugog Studio Tour held each May.
I volunteered with Scugog Arts as Curator and on the Gala Committee in the past, and now serve on the Board of Directors as President. You’ll often find me there trying to keep this volunteer organization afloat as we work to help the arts thrive in Scugog.