I was born and raised in small towns in Southern Ontario. I graduated from the University of Toronto as a Physical Therapist and have worked as a therapist for 40 years. Painting has been my passion and right brain escape for 25 of those years. My arts education has included courses at Toronto School of Art, Haliburton School of Fine Art and The Royal Conservatory. In 2007 I bought what had once been a grist mill and general store on the Moira River in Plainfield. Grist Mill Studio is where I paint, contemplate life and grow great garlic! For me, painting is an adventurous and unpredictable process. The act of putting paint to canvas opens a world of possibilities. Rarely do I end up where I had intended to go. A photo, a sketch, a passing image or view may be the inspiration, but sticking to any kind of “plan” feels like a straightjacket. I often work in series as I explore themes more fully and stretch both their meaning and my interpretation. I often start with an abstract colour field and further develop images through the use of mark making and collage elements. Landscape and the natural world are a special part of my life. The sound and feel of the wind, shimmering mountain light, the smell of the rich, warm earth…all are so familiar to me. I paint places I have experienced and those I can only imagine. The human figure is a unique landscape in and of itself. As I explore the human figure through painting and drawing I hope to convey body language as the outward expression of an inner life. I believe creativity is a path to the very essence of who we are as individuals. It is synonymous with originality, imagination, inspiration, ingenuity, vision and innovation. There is a healing power at work that honours the mind-body connection. It can provide a voice to the broken body, sooth the troubled soul and free us of our demons.