I grew up in Nova Scotia, Canada, surrounded by the sea, woods and water. I chose a career in business, but took time in my twenties to buy paints and experiment with abstracts in acrylics. In September 1997 while living in Northern California I began to draw and paint
seriously under the direction of master painter, Ning Hou. He has emphasized process, structure and technique, but above all, expressing feeling, love and connection with nature and the universe through art.
I work with oil and canvas, using a technique of mixing the paints from the palette for each individual stroke. This takes longer, but results in a fresh and vibrant effect. I began with landscapes and still life, and later, focused on people. My painting has given me a part of my life back that I lost when I was young. I have rediscovered the spontaneous creative self that
expresses clearly and directly, without any editing for any audience. My feelings have been extreme while painting; I have been terrified to make the first stroke, or the 100th; I have been in tears of joy and tears of pain. I have felt deep gratitude for the creative energy in life that runs through us all, and the happy circumstances that have brought me to this place where I let its waters refresh me. Most importantly, I feel very alive when I paint. I am in the place where the essence of me lives, and is at home.