Biography

I come from a family with strong artistic ability, but I'm the only one who has taken it out of the hobby realm. As a teenager, and with my Father's input, I worked on drawings at home. These efforts I entered in junior competitions and often won a placement. While at university, I tried my hand at murals, and learned how to scale things up and down in size. I really did not view myself as a painter because I did not think I knew how to use colour. I was frustrated that my pictures would not match what was in my head; so I did not pursue art as a career choice.
After my marriage, my husband encouraged me to take a painting class being offered. I was interested this time because I had since seen work by Robert Bateman. His style was along the lines of what I had always seen in my head, and admired. After being told to mute my colours; what I came up with surprised both my husband and myself, and I have continued, with my husband's support, ever since. Though I trained as a Medical laboratory technician, and had not been formally trained in art, I have since trained with the masters; John Seerey-Lester, Carl Brenders, Allan Hunt, Robert Bateman, Terry Isaac, and Daniel Smith. All of whom are great painters and great teachers.
I am often called on to teach workshops, and art project classes. My work has been in shows in New York, Ottawa, Lloydminster, Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver; as well as being in a yearlong Cross Canada show with Canadian Wildlife Habitat; and I was also the artist in residence in February 1999 for the Barr Colony Cultural Heritage Center and "Education through Art Society". I am a Founding member and Past President of the artist group "Midwest Canadian Artists", and Chairperson for the Juried Fine Art show for the "Arts Without Borders" Art Festival in Lloydminster AB/SK, of which I am also a founding member. My work is in collections across Canada, and overseas.
I have now been painting seriously for about 30 some years; fitting it around my four Kids, grandkids and our farm. I like to work in oil, acrylic and gouache, which have the strong colors I prefer to use.

Exhibitions:

Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery – 13th Animals Art Show - 2023

Art Room Gallery – International Art Exhibition “Animals” – 2023

Art Room Gallery – International “Green” Exhibition - 2023

NOAPS Spring Online International Exhibition - 2023

David Sheppard Wildlife Artist of the Year – Virtual – 2022

NOAPS Fall International Online Exhibition - 2022

Portrait Society of America – Members only online show - 2022

Artist Space – “Nature Art Competition - 2022

Colors of Humanity Art Gallery – “Animals” Show - 2022

Society of Canadian Artists – 54th Open Juried Exhibition – Papermill Gallery Toronto – 2022

American Artists Professional League 94th Grand National Exhibition - 2022

Society of Animal Artists – Winged Things Show - 2022

Artists For Conservation – Vancouver BC – 2022, 2023

Acrylic International Biennial Juried Exhibition – Kenosha WI - 2022

American Artists Professional League Spring 2022 Online Show - 2022

Picture This Gallery - Masterpieces in Miniature – Sherwood Park, Alberta – 2022, 2023

Society of Canadian Artists – Open International Juried Exhibition - Online - 2022

Federation of Canadian Artists – Artist’s Choice Show – Vancouver - 2022

Richeson75 – Animals, Birds & Wildlife Show – Online - 2021

Society of Animal Artists – “The Kingdom” – Midland Centre for the Arts – 2021

Artists For Conservation – AFC Exhibit Tour – Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum - 2021

WAOW – Online Show “All Creatures Great & Small - 2021

Richeson75 International Art Competitions – Landscapes – Online - 2021

Society of Animal Artists – Roger Tory Peterson Institute & Tour - 2021

American Artists Professional League 2020 Online “Your Favorite thing” - 2020

Society of Animal Artists – Hiram Blauvelt Museum – New Jersey - 2020

International Guild of Realism (IGOR) Spring Online Exhibition - 2020

Richeson75 International Art Competitions - Animals, Birds, & Wildlife Show - Online – 2019

International Society of Acrylic Painters All Members Online Exhibition - 2019

American Artists Professional League 91st Grand International Exhibition – New York - 2019

Bold Brush Painting Competition – 2019

Federation of Canadian Artists AIRE Online Exhibition - 2019

Masterpieces in Miniature – Sherwood Park Alberta – 2019, 2020, 2021

Artists for Conservation – Vancouver, BC – 2019, 2020, 2021

Art Renewal Centre Salon Show - 2019

Richeson75 International Art Competitions - Animals, Birds, & Wildlife Show Online - 2018

International Society of Acrylic Painters – All Member Online Show - 2018

American Artists Professional League 90th Grand International Exhibition – New York - 2018

Federation of Canadian Artists - Wildlife Exhibition - Vancouver BC - May 1-13, 2018

Discovery Art show – Lloydminster AB/SK - 2018

Artists for Conservation - Annual Exhibition - Vancouver - September 2018

Artists For conservation - Traveling Exhibition - China - 2017/2018

American Women Artists - Full Sun: American Women Illuminate the Haggin Museum - Aug-Sept. 2018

Artists for Conservation - Van Dusen Botanical Gardens, Vancouver BC – 2018, 2017

National Oil & Acrylic Painters Society (NOAPS) - Best of America - Castle Gallery, Fort Wayne, IN - 2017

National Oil & Acrylic Painters Society (NOAPS) - Small Works Show - Cathy Kline Gallery, Parkville MO - 2017

Vermilion Public Library - 2017

National Oil & Acrylic Painter’s Society (NOAPS) – Best of America Exhibition – Orleans MA – 2016

The American Artists Professional League – Members Only Online Portrait Theme Show (portraits, figure, animal) - 2016

Artists for Conservation - Grouse Mountain Resort (Vancouver BC) – 2016

International Society of Acrylic Painters (ISAP) -7th Annual Open Online Exhibition – 2017, 2016

Imago Mundi – Oh West Canada! Contemporary Artists from Western Canada Show & Tour– Venice Italy - 2015

Artists for Conservation - Grouse Mountain Resort (Vancouver BC) - 2015

American Artists Professional League - 87th Grand National Exhibition - New York NY – 2015

National Oil & Acrylic Painters Society (NOAPS) Fall International Online Exhibit – 2016, 2015

WAOW Inc - 45th National Exhibition - Tucson Desert Art Museum AZ - 2015

American Women Artists - Spring Online Juried Show - 2015

The International Society of Acrylic Painters - 6th Annual International Open Online Show - 2015

National Oil & Acrylic Painter’s Society (NOAPS) – Fall Online International Exhibition – (2014)

National Oil & Acrylic Painter’s Society (NOAPS) – Best of America Exhibition – Bolivar MO - (2014)

Artists for Conservation - Grouse Mountain Resort (Vancouver BC) - 2014

American Artists Professional League – 86th Grand National Exhibition – Salmagundi Club New York - Nov.9-21 2014

Federation of Canadian Artists – Scenes of Western Canada Show – Federation Gallery (Vancouver BC) October 2014

NOAP’s – Spring Online Show –2017, 2014

WAOW – Online WAOW goes Wild Show – Sept. 2014-Nov. 2014

Great Summer Show – Picture This Gallery (Sherwood Park Alberta) 2014

Masterpieces in Miniature, Picture This Gallery (Sherwood Park AB) 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011

Great Fall Show – Picture This Gallery (Sherwood Park Alberta) 2013

Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club – 117th Annual Open Exhibition (New York) 2013

American Artists Professional League – Members Summer Theme Show (New York) 2013

Artists for Conservation (Vancouver BC) 2013, 2012, 2011

National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society (NOAPS) – Best of America Exhibit 2013

National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society (NOAPS) - Online Exhibition 2013

Arabella Magazine – Great Canadian Landscape Exhibition - 2013

Federation of Canadian Artists – Small Smaller Smallest Show (Vancouver BC) 2011

The American Artists Professional League Grand National Exhibition (New York) 2011, 2010

Arts Without Borders Juried Fine Art Show (Lloydminster AB/SK) - 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007

Calgary Stampede Western Showcase (2006, 2005, 2004)

Federation of Canadian Artists (Vancouver, BC) Water media Show (2001)

Federation of Canadian Artists Show (Now SWCA of Edmonton)

Hudson Valley New York Wildlife Art Show (1998)

Salmagundi Club New York International Show (1997, 1998)

Canadian Wildlife Habitat Art Show (1993 through to 2000)

Canadian Wildlife Habitat Cross Country Show (1993)

ACACA Art Show (1992, 1993, 1994)

 

Support for Conservation: 

Have been an avid supporter of The World Wildlife fund, Canadian Wildlife Habitat, Canadian Wildlife Federation, Nature Canada, and the Local Ducks Unlimited. This support has been through donations and donations of art and prints.

When on trips to various places, I make a point of helping local conservation efforts.  I like seeing first hand what is being done.

I have also been part of a study that was monitoring the Effect of Argentina's use of DDT and other pesticides on the Local Population of Swainson's Hawks and Red Tail Hawks. Both are common around my area.

Special Achievements: 

Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery – Special Merit 2023

Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery – Top 20 Artwork 2023

Art Room Gallery – Award of Merit for Two of my paintings – 2023

Art Room Gallery – Honourable mention for both Entries - 2023

SCA 54th Open International Exhibition – Duggan Canadian Landscape Award - 2022

David Sheppard Foundation - Wildlife Artist of the Year Finalist 2022

Richeson75 – Animals, Birds & Wildlife – Finalist 2021

Richeson75 – Animal, Birds & Wildlife – Selected as a Meritorious 2021

Richeson75 – Landscapes, Seascapes & Architecture – Finalist 2021

IGOR – International Guild of Realism Spring Salon Online Exhibition – Finalist – 2020

Richeson75 – Animals, Birds & Wildlife – selected as a Finalist – 2019

Art Renewal Centre – 14th International ARC Salon Exhibition – Finalist - 2019

Richeson75 – Animals, Birds & Wildlife - Selected as a Finalist - 2018

Richeson75 - Animals, Birds & Wildlife - Selected as a Meritorious - 2018

The International Society of Acrylic Painters – 5th place award in Online International Open Show - 2017

Was made a Signature member of the (NOAPS) National Oil & Acrylic Painters Society – 2016

The International Society of Acrylic Painters - Holbein Art Materials Award – 2015

Royal Canadian Mint - Designed a $20 Specialty coin - 2015

Arts Without Borders - 2nd Place Wildlife/Animal – 2015

Was made a fellow of the (AAPL) American Artists Professional League - 2014

National Oil & Acrylic Painters Society – International Fall Online Exhibition Award of Excellence - 2014

National Oil & Acrylic Painters Society – Best of America Exhibition Award of Merit - 2014

Arts Without Borders Juried Art Show – People’s Choice Award – 2014

Arts Without Borders Juried Art Show – 3rd place Animal/wildlife

American Artists Professional League - 1st Place Landscape - Members Summer Theme Show (2013)

Arabella Great Canadian Landscape Competition – Semi Finalist – (2013)

Wildscape Art Magazine - Runner up for Wildlife (2012)

Arts Without Borders Juried Show – 1st Animal/ Wildlife (2012, 2011)

Arts Without Borders Juried Art Show - Best of Show, 1st Floral/Botanical, 2nd Animal/Wildlife, 3rd Animal/Wildlife, 2nd & 3rd runner up for People's Choice Award (2010)

Canadian Brushstrokes Online Art Magazine - Landscape Competition Finalist (2009)

Arts Without Borders Juried Art Show - 2nd Place Still life, Honourable Mention Wildlife (2008)

Arts Without Borders Juried Art Show - 1st Place Still life (2007)

Federation of Canadian Artists - Water Media Exhibition - Vancouver - Rose Zivot SFCA Award (2001)

Annual Vermilion Art Show - People's Choice Award (1993)

ACACA – Northern Zone - Award of Merit (1992)