Welcome to the Avens!
I am a Saskatoon-based artist, retired art educator and….a late-bloomer. Though I began life as a physical education teacher, I always loved to draw and was an artist at heart. After taking a community art class and completing my first painting at 40, I decided to return to university and completed my B.F.A. with Great Distinction from the University of Saskatchewan in 2005. Since then, I have taken an array of classes from local and international artists, participated in solo and group exhibitions across Western Canada and received several awards for my animal portraiture and landscape work. Most recently, I was named “A Saskatchewan Artist to Watch in 2019” and I consider myself incredibly blessed to be able to pursue my life’s passion and create art every day!
For the past 12 years, I have worked mainly with oil and encaustic, an ancient medium treasured for its luminosity, layering capabilities and ability to invoke memory and mystery. Expressive mark-making, colour, texture and light all play a powerful role in my art. My current focus is the power of space in the northern landscape and animal portraiture. Equally fascinated and haunted by the vastness of the prairies and the solitude of the forest, I strive to convey the landscape as a form of escape and a means to spiritual growth. Similarly seduced by animal forms for their emotional and symbolic connections, I am driven to capture their spirit, beauty and strength through gaze and gesture.
I work out of my encaustic home studio and the Studio on 20th, a shared studio with 10 other artists in the heart of downtown Saskatoon. Currently represented by galleries in Alberta and Saskatchewan, my work is part of private, public and corporate collections in Canada, the U.S., the U.K., Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Thanks for your interest in my work!