Artist Bio

I have been collecting and selling art & working with artists most of my adult life. It wasn’t until November of 2011 when artist Sheila Norgate put up a blank canvas and said “just throw some paint on it”.  Well, … We had no idea that was the beginning of a whole new career.

I work with acrylics on canvas … and I love everything about them. I love using palette knives to create rich textures; rags to create moods & contrast; brushes to … well, the rest!

I’ve been in several shows including Sooke Fine Art, Sidney Fine Art, Moss Street Paint-In Victoria, IDS Vancouver, Calyx in Calgary and many others;  …  see the results of “Just throw some paint on it” on my art page.

Plus I organize and curate “Squared/Stretched – the Art Show” – the first show was in Jan2016.

artist's CV

2021
February – Squared – the Art Show – Gabriola Is., BC (curator & participant)
March – Squared – the Art Show – travelled to McMillan Arts Centre, Parksville
March – McMillan Arts Centre – solo show – Parksville
July & August – Silva Bay Market – Gabriola Is., BC (curator & participant)
October – Thanksgiving Studio Tour – Gabriola Island

2020
February – Stretched – the Art Show – Gabriola Is., BC (curator & participant)
July & August – Silva Bay Market – Gabriola Is., BC (curator & participant)
October – Thanksgiving Studio Tour – Gabriola Island

2019
February – Squared – the Art Show – Gabriola Is., BC (curator & participant)
July & August – Silva Bay Market – Gabriola Is., BC (curator & participant)
October – Thanksgiving Studio Tour – Gabriola Island

2018
February – Stretched – the Art Show – Gabriola Is., BC (curator & participant)
July & August – Silva Bay Market – Gabriola Is., BC (curator & participant)
September – Vancouver Interior Design Show – Vancovuer, BC
October – Thanksgiving Studio Tour – Gabriola Island
plus participated in several other group shows on Vancouver Is., BC

2017
January – GAC China Art Show – Gabriola Island, BC
February – Squared – the Art Show – Gabriola Is., BC (curator & participant)
March – Old School House Arts Centre – group show – Qualicum, BC
October – Thanksgiving Studio Tour – Gabriola Island

2016
January – Stretched – the Art Show – Gabriola Is., BC (curator & participant)
January – GAC Map Art Show – Gabriola Island, BC
February – Solo show – the Old Crow Rest. – Gabriola Island, BC
April – Calyx Art Show – Calgary, Alberta
October – Thanksgiving Studio Tour – Gabriola Island

2015
January – GAC Chair Art Show – Gabriola Island, BC
April – ARTS Show – Genesis Place Center – Airdrie, Alberta
June thru August – the Orange Chicken Art Studio – home Gallery
October – Thanksgiving Studio Tour – Gabriola Island, BC
plus participated in several other group and solo shows on Gabriola Is., BC

2014
February – Loved Squared Show – Gabriola Island, BC
April – ARTS Show – Airdrie, Alberta
July – Sooke Fine Art Show – Sooke, BC
July – Summer Small Works – VAG – Victoria, BC
June – the Object Show – Gabriola Island, BC
August – edge Art Show – with Nixie Barton, Laurie Burns, Johanne Galipeau, Leslie Norgate, Sheila Norgate, Mia Tremblay and Mary Lou Trinkwon
October – Thanksgiving Studio Tour – Gabriola Island

2013
February – Heart Speak Show  – group show with  – Sheila Norgate, Mariko Paterson, Maureen  O’Connor,  Kimm Nightingale & Joke Mensink
June – second Solo show at Sheila Norgate’s Gallery, Gabriola Island
June – the Object Show at Art Works Gallery – Gabriola Island
July – Moss Street Paint-In – Victoria
July – Small Works Show – Victoria Art Gallery  – Victoria
October – Thanksgiving Studio Tour – Gabriola Island
October – Sidney Fine Art Show – Sidney
Joined the Sales & Rental Program at the Victoria Art Gallery

2012
August – first Solo show at Sheila Norgate’s Gallery,  Gabriola Island

2011
Started painting in November with Sheila Norgate as my mentor

Dance Bio

It all  started with grade 10 dance class – I don’t remember what the teacher taught – but I knew I wanted more.

Within a week I was taking ballroom and Latin dance lessons at Don Picard School of Ballroom Dance in Vancouver, BC. All my money (I was working as a waitress) went into lessons and dresses. For just over 2 years I danced, performed and competed. Then I turned 18, moved out on my own and discos became more important than dance lessons.

It was 17 years before I got back into ballroom dancing and I was amazed to discover that Don Picard was still alive and teaching (he was very old when I was 16 – he is much younger now). When I was 18 he had asked me to teach for him – I said no at that time but when he asked me again I said yes. It has turned out to be one of the best decisions I have ever made!  That was in 1989 and I’ve been teaching dance ever since and loving it!!

With Don’s great instruction I started teaching Social Ballroom and Latin. When West Coast Swing became popular (again) I learned to dance and teach it; as Country got popular I took up the 2-Step (it’s a very easy and fun dance) and then came Argentine Tango (not so easy!).

I have been to Buenos Aires 6 times. Four times I have taken students with me so they could experience the birthplace of Tango first hand. I had the good fortune of meeting Manuel Ortiz (the Black Panther of Tango) on my first trip to BA. I have since brought him and his partner, Silvia Rodriguez to Canada 3 times and I study with them when I’m in BA.

I was an adjudicator at Campeonato Intercontinental de Tango in Brazil in 2009 and in 2010 in Buenos Aires.

In August 2009 I headed for the Netherlands to study with 16 other Tango teachers from around the world at “El Corte” a very famous Argentine Tango School that has been training people for over 20 years. … while I was in the Netherlands I taught at  Tipo Tango. … I liked El Corte so much I went back in 2010…. and twice more just for the fun of it!!

I have also developed other programs  – One I teach in local schools, I developed it in 2002 – Listen to the Rhythm – the kids learn 12 dances in 8 weeks – for more information on this program check out my workshop page.

The other Transforming thru Tango I have been developing for as long as I have been teaching; however, it was in 2008 that I gave it a name and separated it out from my regular classes.  It focuses on the issues & fears that come up for people when they start to learn to dance. … or anything!

Feldenkrais Bio

In March of 2010 I started training as a Feldenkrais practitioner and graduated in October 2012. It is a 4-year program, which I did in 3 years in Seattle.

I started “practising” on friends and family from the very start. I averaged 150 FI lessons (Functional Integration) between training segments. My trainers were astonished!

I knew this work would change my life and I just had to keep learning.

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