My paintings are available via direct purchase from me. Please contact me at email@example.com to discuss payment and shipping options. My studio gallery (Rivenrock Gallery) at 5472 Hydaway Place, Halfmoon Bay, British Columbia, Canada is open by chance or appointment (email or call ahead: 778 458 2011). I also open the studio during the annual Art Crawl in October each year, and for other special events as noted on my home page.
5472 Hydaway Place Halfmoon Bay
British Columbia, Canada
(778) 458 2011
I work mostly in soft pastels, acrylics, and oils, with occasional forays into mixed media and textiles. My style is best described as ‘naturalism’ which seeks to represent reality not in the hyper-realistic way of photographic realism, but in the way that the human eye and brain actually perceive the world. Thus, areas outside the main focal point may be soft-edged and indistinct, just as they are in our peripheral vision. I am influenced, as well, by the effects of light so well conveyed by the masters of Impressionism and Tonalism. I have studied with a number of well-known Canadian and American artists, and hope to have integrated their teachings into my own distinctive style.
I am mostly inspired by my immediate surroundings, and hope that my work will help viewers to see the beauty in the everyday world. A country girl since age 13, I tend to focus on the rural/natural landscape, with occasional trips to exotic locations. I am especially interested in the changeful skies over Canada, and frequently depict them, in all their moods, in my work. My move to Canada's west coast in recent years has influenced me to create more seascapes, a refreshing and pleasurable addition to my repertoire. I also try my hand at interpreting the human journey through figure paintings, creating theme-based collections every several years.
I very much enjoy teaching, and draw upon my more than thirty years as a college teacher (not in the art field) to design and facilitate lessons in pastel, acrylic, and the principles of art. My goal as a teacher is to provide the tools, techniques, and principles needed for emerging artists to express their unique visions. See the Workshops tab for more information on face-to-face and online options for learning.
I am a Master Pastelist signature member of the Pastel Artists Canada, and highly recommend this group for pastel artists at any stage in their careers. As well, I am an Active Member of the Federation of Canadian Artists (a juried designation), a member of the Sunshine Coast Arts Council, the Sunshine Coast Artists' Co-Operative, and the Coast Cultural Alliance. I am currently on the executive of both the pastel association and the Sunshine Coast Artists' Co-Operative.