My love and passion for art began on the shores of Canada’s Georgian Bay. As a small girl I would use a stick and make drawings in the dark wet sands at Cawaja Beach. I was fascinated by how a simple line could evoke so many different images and feelings. This was the spark that ignited my life long dedication to art. Throughout the years, my lines have become more expressive and bold colors now combine to create vibrant paintings, giving my art much movement and life.
I was born in Toronto, Canada, of Polish/Spanish Heritage. Living near the Humber River was an incredible solace for me and the memories I have from spending time near the waters often bring much happiness to my spirit, which, has always been an adventurous one. On my sixteenth birthday, as a present to myself, I left home, quit school and hitchhiked across Canada alone, with a knapsack on my back loaded with paints and canvas. I spent four years on the west coast, immersing myself in art. I also attended the Vancouver School of Art studying painting and sculpture. Upon my return to Toronto, I was accepted at the Ontario College Of Art and received a grant for my studies. I opted instead to audit the classes while spending the tuition money to buy more art supplies! I was never one to be comfortable in an institutional setting, so after a few years, I decided to express my creativity in my own way which resulted in not conforming to one specific style. This is something that I still adhere to today. When I am inspired to paint, I try and capture the true nature, the essence, however that manifests itself creatively. That is my objective. Everything in the world has its own unique spirit and I try to reflect this in my paintings.
With this as my aim, I have created an interesting collection of works in various styles and mediums while exploring many different themes. The paintings of musicians, the wildly colourful nature paintings, to the portraits of people, my art is a manifestation of my passion.
My love of adventure, coupled with my extensive travels throughout Europe, Mexico, Canada and the U.S, have also contributed to shaping my own creative uniqueness.
My other interests include Yoga and Tai Chi. I am a strong supporter of human, animal and environmental rights, and often contribute my paintings to charity auctions. I have worked as an art co-ordinater for Youth Without Shelter, setting up and also leading art workshops for homeless, high-risk youth. I continue to teach art programs for children, adults, seniors and people with special needs.
I have had numerous solo and group showings, and my works are collected internationally by both the public and private sectors. My art has been featured in films, ads and TV specials. I was the subject of two televised documentaries; CBC's Sunday Arts Entertainment, and Bravo's Talkin'Blues airing in both Canada and the USA.
I live happily with my wonderfully talented musician husband Al, our 2 cats, Leo and Mickey and our dog Jake, along with numerous fantastic wild life on 45 acres of sprawling, rugged terrain at the base of the Canadian Shield.
Our home is a new design in environmentally sustainable living and is situated beside the scenic Crowe River.
I am tremendously inspired by all of nature’s beauty, the beauty of music and the beauty of life in all it's varied forms. Each day I feel deeply grateful to be living here, for my gift as an artist and to be able to paint that which I truly love.
I welcome you to my world of art and sincerely hope that it will inspire you, and move you to feel a unique connection in your heart to this beautiful world and all the magnificent gifts that life has to offer.
Enjoy the journey. Peace.