- Stories, aphorisms, odd facts and images
- My garden; pods, seeds
- Tom Thomson’s and Paul Klee’s use of colour
- Art jewellery by Charles Lewton-Brain, Thomas Mann, Marilyn Da Silva, Alex Calder, Claudio Pino, and the enamels of Catherine Crowe
My art history
- L’École des beaux arts du Québec, sculpture and tapestry
- Silversmithing and jewellery making: Algonquin College, with Carl Shutt; Haliburton School of the Arts, with Lois Etherington Betteridge, Brigitte Clavette, Jeffery Ellis, Michael Letki, Charles Lewton-Brain.
My favourite things
- Making things
- TOOLS, love tools, metal
- Reading- so many books, so little time!
- Stones with pattern, clear stones with wonderful inclusions, natural objects that seem like jewels
- Enamelling on copper and silver: it’s all about the colour
- The colour red, and the red-white-black combination
My father was a painter. He let me use his oil paints when I was very young, made things with me out of cardboard, tin cans, sticks, magical things. My mother was a superb professional dressmaker and let me use her sewing machine when I was about five; I created doll “costumes” and learned to sew by osmosis. I went to art school, but later became waylaid when I needed to find paid employment. Having two kids will do that to you. I took a government job, got tracked for management and spent the next 30+ years doing that during the day and making art at night and on weekends. I decided to become a silversmith because I like making small thing: I studied sculpture, but the small called out to me. I’ve been banging metal for over 25 years.
I work at my bench most days. I’m a morning person. I’m a French-language docent at the National Gallery. To relax, I work or read, garden, run, bike, cross-country ski, do Pilates.
I like wine and the occasional good Irish whiskey or single malt scotch. I love real food. Need I say I love shoes?
I’ve been involved with the Crown and Pumpkin Studio Tour since its inception.
To work more in gold – it’s such a lovely material. To master enamelling. To travel. To continue working and creating until I die.