enjoy working with a vast amount of media, I crave learning about and
working with new media and techniques. I often paint with oil,
acrylic, watercolor, tempera and ink. I have been known to dabble in
oil pastel as well. I like to paint landscapes, seascapes, flowers
and abstract art.
absolutely love to draw. I create most of my work with graphite, but
still use charcoal from time to time. I began with charcoal as a
young teenager, and still love it. There's something so satisfying
though about using a simple pencil and paper to create something
unique and wonderful. I love teaching others how to draw – there is
something magical and rewarding about unleashing the creativity in
have worked with various types of clay and ceramics as well. I have
experience pouring, firing, finishing and painting ceramics since a
very young age and recently I have begun creating pottery on my wheel
in my studio.
still spend time with my old friend, my camera. I have been studying
photography and adding to my photo collection since high school,
where I first started learning about it.
began learning about basic digital art around 20 years ago when I
began web design. As a small business owner, I still use these skills
to create my own online media and advertising, as well as offering my services to local not-for-profit organizations free of charge.
have also been an avid scrapbooker for most of my adult life. As a well rooted Nova Scotian, I hear the ocean calling me and have been known to dabble in
beach art as well.
I believe that volunteering is a very essential part of who I am. I volunteer many hours each week, to different causes. One of my favorites is at Porters Lake Elementary School, where I have been teaching art lessons as a volunteer Art Teacher since 2012, at least one full day per week. I also volunteer at the Porters Lake Community Center as Vice President, Rental Agent, Technical Specialist, and head of the Social Committee. I also volunteer some of my time at the kids dances on Friday evenings at the Community Center. I am an active member of the Eastern Shore Musquodoboit Community Health Board. I have been involved in our local school system as Chair of the School Advisory Council, as a member of the council, and as Chair of the Parent-School Association at Porters Lake Elementary School. Currently, I am the President of the Porters Lake Business Association, of which I played a very large part in creating. I like to be an active part of the community any chance that I can get.
an artist with mental health issues and chronic pain, creating art is
a natural form of therapy for me. I have been working with many
students over the past several years through Artsy Fartsy and have
experience implementing art therapy strategies for those dealing with
grief, depression, anxiety, autism and other mental health and
physical issues. It is very rewarding being able to share this
healing experience with others. I love teaching art to others –
there is something magical and rewarding about unleashing the
creativity in others!
I first decided in 2012 to create Artsy Fartsy, I poured my heart and
my savings into creating the perfect studio area in my home in Head
of Chezzetcook where I could teach lessons. After a short time of
operation, I was forced to close Artsy Fartsy at this location due to
red tape from our government. I spent 3 years fighting to re-open the
Artsy Fartsy studio, but was not successful. I finally relinquished
and began renting our current space in Porters Lake at the 'old
village shops' location. For
every dark cloud, there is always a silver lining. I now have a
quaint little area to teach art lessons to my students, and my very
own beautiful private space to create my own artwork. I
also offer paint events at various public locations throughout Nova
Scotia. One of my favorite places to host these events is the Porters
Lake Pub … I always try to support local whenever possible!