Outlook 30in x 36in Acrylic On Canva
They tell you don’t quit your day job, but that’s exactly what I did.
In 2010, after twelve years in marketing, I walked away in complete burnout. I needed something to wake up to every day until I figured out what to do next. So I signed up for a beginners acrylic class at the local community centre and I began at the very beginning. I painted fruit for one year. Just fruit.
Eventually I moved on to landscapes and soon began exploring tools beyond the brush. I now use palette knives in much of my work, they are perfect for foliage, hardscape, and textured sky. I still use the brush, especially for scumbling to add depth, or rendering the stillness of calm water.
While I’ve studied with various painters and at Emily Carr University, I consider myself largely self-taught. I’ve got a lot of crummy canvasses in a closet to prove it.
In 2015 I was delighted to be accepted by the Canadian Federation of Artists. I have had pieces selected by juries for guilds and galleries across the Lower Mainland and even featured in film (kind of – it was just a made-for-TV Hallmark movie).
And yes, I got a day job again, I founded my own marketing company, which means I’m the boss, and can give myself time off to paint.