Always an Artist
I was born in Toronto, Ontario and later raised in the nearby city of Barrie. Drawing became my “thing” in Grade 2, and I always knew art was the life for me.
Mr. Wright lived in Okotoks, and it didn’t take long to find and snag him. We had a beautiful small child in 2005, and I was now teaching art at Swinton’s and privately, as well as painting the wildlife and En Plein Air. Once, I approached a gallery in the city with my bears and was rejected. “They’ll never make it here”. I kept painting the animals anyway, at this point it was beyond my control, and The Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies was now showing them regularly, thanks to the urgings of friend and fellow artist W.J. Bradley.
Our house is on a mixed use, residential and business street. A perfect place to open my own gallery, at a friends’ insistence, and sell the paintings there. Every Saturday I’d rearrange the living room and throw open the doors. The happiest memories were of the Okotoks Light Up Christmas celebrations. We’d have guest artists, send out invites, light a bonfire and serve mulled wine and award winning chili.
We began camping and hiking in the summers. I’d take a paint box and paint landscapes on location. This was one such hike. This small child loves animals too, and we have many: dog, cat, rabbit, hamster and hedgehog.