recent paintings and news

recent paintings and news

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

morning side

Then followed that beautiful season... Summer....
Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light; and the landscape
Lay as if new created in all the freshness of childhood.

~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

July, morning-side,  oil on canvas, 18x18in 2013, available

Monday, July 29, 2013


The weather has been irresistible lately and although I have studio work to finish up, a plein air escape was inevitable. 

July, storm brewing over Olgas barn, oil on canvas, 16x16in, 2013, available

Monday, July 22, 2013

wild things

Sometimes I look at the billow of July leaves on open rows and can’t help but think of big butterflies. The unkempt vines are my favourite with unrelenting weeds weaving into wanton wild carpets.

July with Queen Ann, 36x48in, 2013, available

Look familiar? This is a rework of an earlier painting. I have just brought 'July'  into the Jordan Art Gallery.  The Jordan Art Gallery is an entirely independent venue, run by artists, for artists. 'We are committed to communicating our knowledge and perspectives on the disciplines we represent.'

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Greenbelt Harvest Picnic

It is a thrill and honour to announce that I have been selected to participate in the third annual Greenbelt Harvest Picnic. 

Those familiar with my work know that my focus has been on agricultural issues and the plight of those Ontario farmers whose livelihood and lifestyle has been decimated by pressure from urban sprawl.
To read more about the project, please visit this link. 'Cultivating the Greenbelt:an ongoing dialogue with our protected land'

This year Neil Young and Whitehorse (have seen them live and they are sonic wizards) will be joining producer and musician Daniel Lanois' roster of brilliant musicians. Along with  performers and visual artists, there are farmers who will be providing local produce and natural foods.

The event takes place August 31. For more info please visit:

neil young150Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Neil Young recorded with Crazy Horse for the first time in 1969 for the album Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere which includes the hit "Cinnamon Girl" and the extended guitar workouts "Down by the River" and "Cowgirl in the Sand”.
In 1979, Neil Young & Crazy Horse recorded Rust Never Sleeps... READ FULL BIO

emmylou 150
Emmylou Harris - Already celebrated as a discoverer and interpreter of other artists’ songs, 12-time Grammy Award winner Emmylou Harris has, in the last decade, gained admiration as much for her eloquently straightforward songwriting as for her incomparably expressive singing. On Hard Bargain, her third Nonesuch disc, she offers 11 original songs—three of them co-written with Grammy– and Oscar–winning composer Will Jennings. READ FULL BIO

lanois150Daniel Lanois - One of the world’s most influential music producers – a shaper of albums by the likes of U2, Neil Young, Peter Gabriel and Bob Dylan. Daniel Lanois is best known for ongoing collaboration with the eclectic Brian Eno, Lanois first came to the ambient music pioneer’s attention while still in Hamilton. There, Lanois produced albums by Canadian stars from Martha & The Muffins to Ian Tyson to Raffi.   READ FULL BIO

whitehorse150Whitehorse - Six Shooter Records’ Melissa McClelland and Luke Doucet tie the musical knot with the debut of their new band, Whitehorse, marrying their talent and chemistry on stage as a smoldering duo. Gutsy and resolute in their pursuits of sound and substance, Luke and Melissa’s fusion of the personal and professional brings to mind the road-tested romance of Johnny and June. Individually, Luke and Melissa have been recognized ...   READ FULL BIO

Friday, July 12, 2013

good things come to those who wait

As a young girl I wandered fields at my grandmother’s farm. They were enchanting and mysterious. I loved to disappear in them, dream in them, and emerge from them as if I’d been in a magic world. Decades later I’ve opened myself again to the wonder of field.

On July walks I am enthralled with the floaty look of field and  stop in my tracks for too many minutes to see the light flicker and spark on the random wild growth-thinking it’s not random at all. And bird-watching with a sense of awe as they synchronize in low flight before landing to become one with field..

 July, good things come to those who wait,  oil / cold wax on canvas, 30x30in, 2013

I had posted this painting ‘in progress’ and finished it today. The reference was a loose drawing but it just  wasn’t enough and I found the colours and shapes were not going where I wanted. Rather than hike with this large canvas to work on location, I brought the wild flowers and grasses into the studio and used them as reference. I often do this and find it always helps, whether just with colour temperature or structure. I am much happier with the painting now. 

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Upcoming plein air workshop

Summer Painting in a Grimsby Garden

Join us as we revel in the heady scent, sound and colour of a summer garden.
This afternoon workshop is enjoyable for those with minimal art-making experience as well as more seasoned artists. We will paint on location Monet style-‘en plein air’. In inclement weather work will progress in the studio with fresh flowers as inspiration. Sessions are in oil or acrylic and a materials list will be provided upon registration. 

Sunday, August 18

Grimsby Public Art Gallery
18 Carnegie Lane, Grimsby, Ontario, L3M 1Y1