Art enriches life in so many ways.
Welcome! I am a local artist in Merritt, BC and have been active here for years in many community projects involving art and literacy. My first art love was sketching and watercolour, but I experimented with acrylic and collage also. I continue with those media, but now find my joy and creativity in oil painting.
I explored various aspects of the art experience. I experimented with art-as-business by creating “Palette and Ink Arts Company.” I was a member of Creative Company, a co-operative store in Merritt. I enjoyed marketing my watercolours, prints and cards. I was briefly an “Active Artist” member of the Federation of Canadian Artists. However, I found that a home-based business meant full time promotion and accounting, with little time left for painting. Finally, I heeded my brother’s warning – “Don’t turn your play into work!” and returned to ‘just painting.’ Now I have relaxed into painting from my many photos and show my work locally.
Learning to use different media and techniques keeps me intrigued with art. Art galleries are always at the top of my to-do list when traveling.
My art has provided fundraising opportunities for community groups and service clubs. I spend my volunteer time with the Nicola Valley Community Arts Council (now as Past President) to create ever more opportunities to share knowledge and promote the arts.