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The creation of abstract paintings requires a journey within, and presents a challenge to the artist to develop a visual language that comes from that journey. The inspiration to become an abstract artist came from my many years of appreciating the work of the Impressionists and Abstract Expressionists especially after viewing the original paintings in major galleries in North America and in Europe. This sustained interest created a desire to express myself through the process of working with paint in a non representational way. As in life one thing leads to another, so in my work one painting follows another, builds upon it, and creates a series of work. I use liquid acrylics and many different mediums and tools to develop rich textures on canvas.
I was born in Edmonton and lived in Alberta until I completed my undergraduate degrees in Arts and Education at the University of Alberta. I subsequently lived in Toronto, London England, and then the Lower Mainland in British Columbia. During my years spent in a career as a teacher and principal, I spent my leisure time studying painting with numerous British Columbia artists and several noted American artists at the Coupeville Arts Center in Washington State. After retirement I moved to Victoria, BC, and spent three years of tuition in abstraction with Bill Porteous of the Bill Porteous Studio. A summer course in abstraction at the Edinburgh College of Art in Edinburgh, Scotland has helped me to incorporate an international perspective to my work. I hope that the results of my journey to abstraction engage the viewer and invite a response to the colours, textures and suggestions that the images and titles evoke.
Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Education
University of Alberta, Edmonton
Master of Education
University of Western Washington
Bellingham, Washington, USA
Individual Course of Study
Bill Porteous Studio
Towards Abstraction Summer Course
Edinburgh College of Art