Artist Statement

 I am privileged to spend my days creating and expressing myself through paint on canvas. My artwork is known for its bold color, sharp contrast and whimsical movement that guides the viewer’s experience. I see the world differently than most – this is what motivates me to paint – a deep desire to share the power, grandeur and joy I experience in the world around me.

My boldness on the canvas comes out of a frustration with photography which I find rarely captures the depth and brilliance of what I see and how I see it. Paint and the canvas allow limitless possibilities and interpretations that is freeing and empowering. Although I can work from photos I more often work from my mind’s eye, incorporating the experiential into the visual.

We are absolutely surrounded with beauty but not every eye is trained to see it. This is my calling, to shine a light on the beauty.

I work solely in acrylic because I enjoy the vibrancy of color and the ease of workability it affords. The fast drying time works well with my impatient character. I am best known for my smooth, flowing style. With the help of polymer and glazing mediums I am able to achieve a fluidity that guides the viewer into the movement and flow found in my landscape & skyscape pieces.

My art is strongly influenced by my faith and a belief that this big, bold, beautiful world was created by a big, bold, and beautifully creative God. Creativity for me is a process of letting go and an exercise in trust. The more I trust this innate gift the more the gift is able to grow. I like to say that I am the brush and God is the hand.

I believe to be an artist is an ongoing process of change, always moving, growing and adapting. Taking life’s experiences, lessons learned, truths realized and focusing the artwork through these things, like light through a magnifying glass.

I paint from my home studio in Bearspaw, Alberta where, beneath it all, I am a happily exhausted mother of three teenagers, married to my best friend and husband of 23 years.  I hold a degree in nursing which goes completely unused day after day. God has simply, steadily and consistently directed me away from a career in health care and toward a life in the arts…and I am thrilled to see where the journey takes me. I hope I can, at least in part, convey God’s creativity and grandeur through my work.

Curriculum Vitae

Galleries

2021

  Artym Gallery – Invermere, BC

Corporate Collections

 

Canadian Blood Services, Calgary, AB

MyProfessionals Law Office, Calgary, AB

Daren Millar, CFA, Calgary, AB

Calgary Reads, AB
South Calgary Health Campus Hospital, AB

Select Group Exhibitions

2020         SQUARE FOOT SHOW by Julia Veenstra, online, Oct 8 – 25th

2018         ART NOW, September 20-23, Saskatoon, SK

2017         Akokiniskway Gallery, Summer Show, June 16 – Sept 2nd, Rosebud, AB

Solo Exhibitions

2018         Bohème Gallery, Solo Exhibition, Nosh Eatery, Saskatoon SK

2017         Fallen Leaf Gallery, Solo Feature Show, Canada Day, Canmore AB

2015         Fallen Leaf Gallery, Solo Feature Show, April 11th, Canmore AB

JdB Workshops

2019         February 9, 10am – 2pm – Home Studio, Bearspaw AB

2019         March 9, 10am – 2pm – Home Studio, Bearspaw AB

Publications

2017       The Alberta Country Register – Sept/Oct Edition

Memberships

2015 – current       Federation of Canadian Artists – Active Member

2016                        Calgary Chapter FCA

Juried Exhibitions

2018        FCA Postcard Competition and Online Exhibition, May 1 – June 31, 2018

2017        Art on 9th, October 26 – November 26, 1211 – 9th Avenue SE, Calgary, AB

   –             Calgary Stampede Art Auction,  July 13th at 7:00pm

   –             FCA Thompson Nicola Shuswap Chapter – National Juried Show, April 21-30, 2017

   –             FCA Calgary Chapter, All Things Spring – Juried Show, March 4th

   –             Canmore Winter Carnival – Snow Painting Feb 11th

2016        Calyx Distinctive Arts – Juried Spring Show & Sale 

2015        FCA– 365 Online Juried Exhibition

   –             FCA – Scenes from Western Canada, Juried Show, Vancouver BC

   –             Plein Air Paint Out, Red Deer AB

   –             Fallen Leaf Gallery, Solo Feature Show, Canmore AB

2014        Beacon Original Juried Art Show & Sale, Calgary AB

   –             ISSW, Juried Show, Sale & Auction, Banff AB

2013        Bhawana Clarke’s, Solo Show & Sale, Calgary AB

2012        From the Hood, Show & Sale, Calgary AB

   –             In House Art, Show & Sale, Calgary AB

2011        HIJK Art Show & Sale, Calgary AB

2010        Unseen Art Show, Artpoint Gallery, Calgary AB

Charity Auctions

2020       Bearspaw Christian School Gala, Calgary AB

2018       Gibson’s Fine Art, Rotary Auction, Calgary AB

2017       Gibson’s Fine Art, Rotary Auction, Calgary AB

2017       Bearspaw Christian School Gala, Calgary AB

2016       Dessert, Dance, Donate for Guatemala, Calgary AB

2016       Gibson’s Fine Art, Rotary Auction, Calgary AB
2016       Catholic Family Services UP Foundation Gala, Calgary AB

2015       Calgary Italian Folk Dancers, Calgary AB
2013       Colonel Walker School Kitchen Party Fundraiser, Calgary AB

2012       Colonel Walker School Kitchen Party Fundraiser, Calgary AB

2012       Colonel Walker School Kitchen Party Fundraiser, Calgary AB

2011       Sonshine Centre Hope Gala, Calgary AB
2011       Colonel Walker School Kitchen Party Fundraiser, Calgary AB

2010       Jack Long Park Fundraiser & Art Auction, Calgary AB