After 36 years as a veterinarian, retirement has allowed me to explore my love of drawing, colours and form. I am inspired by the landscape of rural Alberta and paint the scenes all around the farm where I live. I have always been captivated by the long, low prairie horizon and the stunning colours of sunrise and sunset. I love the ever-changing cloud patterns in Alberta skies and flowing long undulating ribbons of country roads as they crisscross Rocky View County. As a veterinarian, I am also drawn to wildlife, birds and livestock. Capturing these subjects as a photographer has been a lifelong interest and my recent retirement has given me the time to explore these subjects on canvas as well. I feel a close connection to the colours and textures of the fields and pastures of the foothills and strive to capture the seasonal activities of farming.
I experimented with watercolours many years ago but went to acrylics when I returned to painting in 2018. I have also explored landscapes with pastels and found I really liked the dramatic effects that could be achieved with light and dark to express the subtle colours of clouds, sky, snow and water. Blending these two mediums, I use mixed media techniques using acrylic and pastel as well as various types of print making, linocut, monotype and dry point. I joined the Cochrane Art Club in 2018 and enjoy the opportunities to learn and create with this group.
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