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

Event Information:

  • Mon

    Summer Retreat

    10:00 am - 4:00 pm15 Bridge Street & 112 Queen Street


    Yoga & Drawing & Painting 

    A joint workshop with painter, teacher and art coach Mary Pfaff and chill guide Amelia Ah You

    Monday, Aug 8 – Friday, Aug 12
    10 am to 4:00 pm

    Join Mary and Amelia for an inspiring week.

    Explore in-depth colour, texture, movement, yoga and meditation with a small group. Draw and paint in two fabulous locations: Mary’s studio on 15 Bridge Street  Almonte and outdoors at Amelia’s beautiful countryside haven in Cedar Hill, just 15 minutes from downtown Almonte.

    Don’t miss this opportunity to relax, unwind and
    Draw closer to nature.

    Start each morning by coming home to your bliss. Explore your flow with moving meditation, using postures and movements inspired by Yoga and Qigong, to open your heart and your body. Go beyond the usual boundaries. Be Open. Be Fearless. Be Fun.

    Immerse yourself in expressive drawing and painting where you can work from the landscape both in and outdoors. Gain an understanding of personal imagery and explore your interior landscape.

    Treat yourself to the enchanting experience of creating on location. Acquire a range of techniques and inventive encounters that can be applied to the making of powerful work. Participants will look at contemporary approaches and complete a number of drawings and original acrylic paintings as well as some found object creations.

    $500.00 including supplies

    TO REGISTER  |  613 257 9777

    See website for more details on accommodation, highlights of the Almonte area and directions.