I'd rather be sailing..... or travelling..... but that being said, what I do doesn't really feel like work.
Here is a bit of my story.
A move from the city to the village of Seagrave, Ontario was the beginning of a long and rewarding career as a practicing artist, educator, advocate, and gallery owner. It's been 28 years now and we couldn't have chosen a more idyllic place to live, work and play.
Early on I realized just how rich this region of Ontario was and how the talent here needed to be showcased. I co-founded the Lake Scugog Studio Tour which is now in its' 22nd year. You too can find the talented artists of this area each year during the first weekend of May when the artists on the tour open their doors and studios to the public. I highly recommend it.
More community involvement and I found myself as the Artistic Director for the Renaissance Faire for 5 years. This interactive art experience drew visitors from across the Region for a fun filled and historical affair for people of all ages.
I've always found sharing my knowledge rewarding so teaching school aged children through the Ontario Arts Council has been a big part of what I do. Through the Artists in Schools and Community I facilitate large scale installation pieces with students and senior citizens. See some of the amazing work the students of all ages have done over the years here.
My studio is a busy space for completing restoration work, designing/fabricating panels and also for teaching.
My story doesn't end there however. I have had the extreme pleasure and good fortune to work with Jennifer Hardie and Birgitta MacLeod for the past 15 years. Together we have created the most welcoming gallery in all of Ontario, META4 Gallery, now with two locations in historic Port Perry and downtown Peterborough. Meta4 showcases the work of over 130 Ontario artists all within 100 miles, one of a kind, all year long. In both locations we also have classes, exhibits and contribute to our local communities in many other ways.
Award Winning Artist
- recipient of the Durham Art of Transition Award for "Best Use of Art and Artist to Achieve Social and Environmental Sustainability" - Reflection Park 2011
- recipient of the Scugog Council for the Arts "Artist for the Arts Award 2011
- recipient of the Mayor's Honour Roll 2009
- Honourable Mention in the SCA Enviornmental Show