My interest in art was evident in high school, but I chose to go to University instead of Art School. Some years after my marriage, I began to return to art with ceramics, but soon moved to drawing and painting, and then photography, etching, wood engraving, and now back to watercolour. I have studied with many of the teachers at the Dundas Valley School of Art: Stan Hughes, Mario Polidori, Gordon Perrier, Jerry Zeldin, Vytas Beniusis, Jean Maddison, Catherine Gibbon, Wesley Bates, and Barry Coombs. I have also studied in summer school at Canadore College with David Blackwood and Fern Helfand. Following my first solo photography show at the Carnegie Gallery in 1989, I became an artist member. Being involved with all the committed members of the gallery is a constant support and lively interest for me, to say nothing of all I have learned of the way art works in our world.
I have won awards for my work, including Best Photograph and Best in Show in 1987 at the Carnegie Gallery Juried show “Art in the Valley”, the Viola Depew Award for an etching at the Women’s Art Association Juried Show in 1989, and the Photography Prize in 1992 at the Macdonald Stewart Art Center juried show “Viewpoints”. My photographic work has been presented to David Peterson and the Heritage Minister by the Hamilton Region Conservation Authority, and two of my photographic images were included in the book “On the Edge”, edited by Catherine Gibbon and published in 1995. In 2010, one of my linocut prints from the Periodic Table Printmaking Project was included in a text book which will be used by high school students in Canada.
Currently I concentrate on photography and watercolour, in which media I try to show my delight in the natural world, its patterns and textures, and the way in which light can surprise us with new insights. Much of my artistic inspiration comes from the Conservation areas of the Dundas Valley and the northern vistas of Killarney Park, with the addition of images from my trips to New Mexico, British Columbia, England, Scotland and Newfoundland.
Some of my photographic work is now permanently on display in the Departure Lounge at the Hamilton Airport, as part of an installation focused on the Bruce Trail.