I love to tell stories about our human mark on the world. I did so as a professional writer for more than 30 years before I finally gave in to the desire to explore art in a more definitive way. Today, I am a mixed media artist who works primarily with pigmented encaustic medium (beeswax and damar resin).
The translucent nature of wax as well as wax’s ability to be shaped, textured, incised and controlled inspires me. I can embed papers and other items into the wax, creating layer after layer of expression. Rusted paper often features in my work. Finding rusted metal is a favourite part of my process.
My work is informed by my interest in a sustainable world. As a writer, I won two sustainability fellowships, wrote newspaper and magazine articles about green buildings and a better way to build and, separately, wrote three nationally published books. In the summer of 2015, I became a Climate Reality Leader after training with Al Gore in Toronto.
In 2017, my work has been chosen for display at the Royal BC Museum on Earth Day, the Robert Bateman Centre, the Victoria International Airport and many other venues. On September 23 & 24th, I will be the featured artist at the FCA Gallery on Granville Island in Vancouver.
I am an Active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists, International Encaustic Artists (IEA), Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria and former board member of ArtSea the Community Arts Council of the Saanich Peninsula.