I make colourful paintings and drawings of people, animals, places or items that intrigue me and cause me to pause. We are bombarded with images daily, my paintings are the images that linger and revisit me time and time again until they are painted.
I love coloured pencil on drafting film for the crisp lines and luminous quality. Pastel paper for the multiple layers and subtle colour shifts that can be achieved. I prefer realism for the simplicity of the communication, it is a language that can be understood by many without the need for translation. This very slow medium is both a curse and a blessing. The long hours spent on a single piece allows me to explore the subject and create a whole life story and timeline of events, as new compelling subjects queue up into the yet to be created never ending line.
Creating paintings is my process of archiving memories. A way to capture the warmth of a smile, the velvet feel of a puppy's ears, the tranquility of a place I have visited. Offering commissions allows me to share this gift with others, to create heirlooms that capture memories of their beloved.
Having experienced a long and rewarding career in Hospital Pharmacy, along with the good fortune to have served the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacy in positions on the Board and President of Ontario, in December of 2019 I decided to explore my artistic calling. In 2020 I launched my exploration into this wonderful world of art, and I am enjoying the journey. I am supported by an amazing husband Brian Jennings, and two near adult children. My extended family and friends have been extremely supportive of my journey, which encourages me to exhibit and strive to explore new subjects, mediums, and styles.
2021 – Honourable Mention for Sunny Day Memories in the Eighth Annual Winter Festival of the Arts hosted by the Art Gallery of Algoma
2021 - Special Merit Award for Sunny Day Memories in the 10th Annual International All Women 2021 Juried Art Exhibition
2020 – Mayne Travel Service Award for East Coast Memories in the 64th NOAA Juried Exhibition
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