March Update

March started off a little busy so I’m finally getting around to this post.

First sale of the year…

Seaweed Stroll, a piece I shared in my February update, has found a home with one of my collectors. Thanks so much! It is so affirming to have a piece sell and motivating too as it helps me continue to create new work.

I took a leap and submitted to be a Participating Artist in the Victoria Art Gallery TD Paint In


which is scheduled for July 15th. I have attended this event for several years, which takes place on Moss Street in Victoria, enjoying seeing all the art and artists creating their work. It is a very fun and well attended event, one not to be missed!

Entry is juried so I will find out next month if I’m in so will keep you posted.

Fresh from my easel…

Here’s a couple of pieces I completed recently, first one inspired from a walk at French Beach, titled Rock and Roll, seemed fitting with the waves rolling over them.

Rock and Roll 16in x 20in

I was feeling a need to go larger for my next composition attempting to capture the vastness. It was quite windy on a favourite hike in East Sooke so grabbing a photo while staying standing was a challenge, titled Holding Ground.

Holding Ground 18in x 36in

Time to celebrate Spring!

I love flowers and honestly have hundreds of photos of them from my garden to wild flowers I come upon on a trail. That said, I don’t often paint them. I thought, ‘time to give them a try‘ so I decided to submit to the Bloom Show coming up in April hosted by Arts and Culture Colwood, https://www.artsandculturecolwood.com/coastcollective

Here are the pieces I submitted:

First Lily 14in x 11in
Bashful 20in x 16in
Dance of the Fireweed 24in x 12in

Hoping to have one of these florals accepted to this show, in it’s 14th year, hosted by this group. This year the show will be at Pendray House, 3221 Heatherbell Road in Colwood. It is a lovely heritage house located near the Esquimalt Lagoon. Such a beautiful setting to enjoy art. Show dates are April 22-23.

With lots of events coming up I think I will be keeping busy. Stay tuned to see where my work may be showing. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or interest in my work. 

Cherry blossoms are out in Victoria, time to start my tomato plants! Longer days ahead and along with it warmer weather too.

Til next time,


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Show is on!

The Federation of Canadian Artists Shape and Form show is currently on at the Granville Island Gallery in Vancouver. I am pleased to have my piece Arbutus II in the show along with some very impressive paintings and sculptures!

If you are unable to attend in person the show can be viewed online at https://federationgallery.com/exhibit/2023_shape_form_exhibition/3525

Show runs through March 5th. All pieces are for sale.


It’s been a month…

So that was January?!
I got a slower start to the year than I had planned. I managed to finish a few pieces. Beginning the year I followed the advice in a letter published by the late Robert Genn many years ago, to ‘go to my room’… useful advice as it is where I look around at previous work, sort supplies, review reference photos, and generally just think, all of which is part of the creative process.

First up, revisiting a couple of small ones started in December that I felt needed a few tweaks here and there. The ability to play a bit was quite liberating. It was fun experimenting with brush strokes and pushing paint around, working on these small 10x10s.

Feeling a need to ease into the new year I decided on a seascape, they always bring me joy. Having successes at the easel are always good for a dose of courage to try something more challenging.

Seaweed Stroll 16in x 20in

That said, this next piece provided that in abundance. I was quite pleased with the result so definitely food for thought for a larger one. 

Serenity 24in x 12in

The thing I love most about painting is being able to step back from my work and appreciate the process I came through, learn from that and take those lessons to my next piece. Each day brings another opportunity.

Drama Queens 24in x 12in

Inspiration for this last piece came from the dramatic sunrise skies we have enjoyed this month. I had the desire to work with warmer hues so attempted to capture one.

Here’s something exciting! 

Kind of last minute I decided to submit to a call for a Federation of Canadian Artists Exhibition, one of those ‘don’t know until you try, right?’ moments.

I submitted three smaller pieces inspired by my favourite trees, the arbutus. I chose to focus on parts of the trees to capture the unique shapes and textures of their trunks.

“the whole is greater than the sum of its parts” 


I’m very pleased to announce Arbutus II (left one above), an 8 x10, has been accepted by the jury into the Shape and Form Exhibition at the Federation of Canadian Artists Gallery on Granville Island in Vancouver which runs from February 21st-March 5th.

This exhibition, which includes sculpture, promises to be very interesting. If you are in the area, drop by. The show can also be viewed on line here: https://artists.ca/

A good start to the year! My goal is to post an update monthly.

Til next time!

My first blog!

January 2023

I have been sharing my art on Instagram and Facebook for a while now. During that time I have been asked more than a few times, ‘Do you have a web site?

So I thought, ‘It’s time to create one!’ It has been a bit of a learning curve for me so it’s pretty basic. Including a blog in the menu seemed to make sense as I update my social media fairly regularly and thought regular followers may prefer to receive updates this way.

So let me start off by wishing you a very happy new year! I have a special project planned for this month, a bit different than my usual landscapes so stay tuned!

Thanks so much for stopping by! 


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