Playing in the studio

My paintings are displayed in solo and group exhibitions and are represented in the City of Ottawa public art collection and in private collections nationally and internationally. Click my CV for details.

Along side of working in the studio the other part of my creative journey is about teaching fine arts, creativity mentoring and coaching.

I have had a rewarding time designing and leading workshops since 1978, through the City of Ottawa, The Ottawa School of Art, Algonquin College (Creative Arts program), Halliburton Summer School of the Arts (Expressive Arts Program), Mississippi Mills School of the Arts and in the greater Ottawa community with Artswell, an arts and health charity organization for 10 years.

Currently, I teach a variety of workshops in expressive drawing and abstract painting for small groups from my studio situated in the heart of Almonte Ontario. Occasionally, I’m part of unique collaborative workshops designed for students for example Glass and Drawing with Jennifer Kelly, Music and Painting with Jennifer Noxon, and Seasonal Yoga and Drawing retreats with Amelia Ah You.

I also offer 1:1 coaching/mentoring. Contact me if you would like to customize a class or art party.

It’s a joy to help people connect deeply through art and creativity. It is important to me to provide my students with an uplifting, inspiring experience in a friendly bright environment where they can discover and explore techniques, materials and share ideas.

Gift Certificates for workshops are available.

Events & Workshops

  • Sat
    21
    Mar
    2020
    10am - 4pmCarriageway Studios

    This expressive meditative workshop is for all levels of creators. If you have ever wanted to let loose and create without fear of making mistakes this workshop is for you.

    In true wabi-sabi fashion we will embrace the notion that there is beauty in imperfection and joy in being in the moment.

    Printmaking using a gelatin plate is easy, adventurous and addictive. For beginners there will be instant gratification, as you will pull lots of prints that promise to please. For the more experienced this approach offers a sense of freedom that will lead you in new directions.

    The possibilities are wide and wonderful.

     

    $175.00 plus $10.00 paper fee and all other supplies will be provided.

    Carriageway Studios - 65 Mill Street, Almonte Ontario

     

  • Sat
    28
    Mar
    2020
    10am - 4pmCarriageway Studios

    This tactile colour workshop is designed for artists interested in exploring a wide variety of innovative and experimental techniques to add striking visual power to the painted surface.

    Be inspired by the work of a wide variety of cutting edge, mixed-media artists and experimental painters.

    Produce numerous textural swatches/ samples. Examine how to actively collect and record what you observe. What you discover will be a source of reference for any and all other types of artwork. The exciting new applications you learn will add depth and enrich the surface quality of your art.

     

    $175.00 including supplies and reference list

    Carriageway Studios - 65 Mill Street, Almonte Ontario

  • Sat
    25
    Apr
    2020
    10am - 4pmCarriageway Studios

    Enter a world of intuition and imagination to achieve results as unique as you are.

    This workshop covers basic information relating to picture elements, composition, theme and design together with an exploration of the meaning of abstract painting. Discover its importance as a means of self-expression and creativity.

    We will touch on the history of abstract painting, its methods, techniques and materials and study inspiring examples of abstract work by 20th century and contemporary masters.

    You'll learn about underpainting, layering and glazing to bring structure and depth to your art. Treat yourself to an adventurous day filled with innovative techniques, inventive approaches and breakthrough results.

     

    $175.00 includes supplies

    Carriageway Studios - 65 Mill Street, Almonte Ontario

     

  • Sat
    16
    May
    2020
    10am - 4pmCarriageway Studios

    This workshop provides an opportunity to get started or expand on a visual journal or sketchbook. Creative souls need a place to dream, draw, remember and record their ideas and feelings but sometimes actually beginning can be intimidating.

    For inspiration we’ll start with a survey of visual journaling methods used throughout history and see samples of current artist’s pages. From there we will examine how to give your entries greater creative impact. There will be much to explore to help you invent or re-invent your own journaling style. You will come away with a clearer direction and a zest for the meaningful practice of visual journaling.

     

    $100.00 includes supplies

    Carriageway Studios - 65 Mill Street, Almonte Ontario

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