To paint is my lifelong aspiration and favourite verb.
My work explores how mark making, spacial relationships and experiences are intrinsically connected. The mysterious, transitory beauty and power of nature is a continual source of inspiration.
My process involves a fusion of layers and textures. Something from each proceeding layer remains and through intuitive actions a visual narrative unfolds. I prefer to work in large formats – often in diptychs and triptychs and almost always in series and usually on several projects concurrently. Like a wordless conversation, drawing and painting is a full sensual experience with the sound of the brushes and tools marking the surface, the smell, the touch – seeing, moving, changing and becoming. When the piece is complete and the viewer sees it, a new conversation begins.
I work from my studio on Bridge Street right across from the Old Town Hall in the lovely town of Almonte Ontario.
Since graduating with distinction from the faculty of fine arts at the University of Ottawa in 1990, my work is shown in solo and group exhibitions across Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and New Zealand and is represented in private collections here and abroad.
Born 1951 in Clinton Ontario and travelling much of my childhood from military base to base, Ottawa and region have been home for a very long time. I live in Carleton Place with my husband, journalist, Richard Starnes. I travel extensively to visit our children and grandchildren who live across the globe in New Zealand, Australia, Ireland and California. These trips fuel my love of landscape, sense of place and quality of light.