At first, my main concern was to sell my art. To have others appreciate it enough to pay for it.
That was the validation I needed to feel my art had value.
It would take years before I'd come to recognize that my art had much more to offer than just monetary value.
And that it was an important guide on my journey of self-discovery and healing.
Over the years colour seeped into my work.
My self-confidence grew.
In 1990 I began instructing art classes for children. For twelve years I travelled to numerous school in Lunenburg County, NS, offering after school classes. I also worked for Bridgewater Parks & Recreation instructing children and adults from 1997 to 2002.
During this time, I painted and sold canvas and vinyl floor mats, one-of-a-kind painted fabric Face Brooches, and Two-faced Hanging Pillows.
In 1995 I began dabbling with writing. As I instructed art classes for high school students and my children approached their teens, I felt the need to write about my teen years to better understand the struggles I'd had.
When I'd first started my fabric works I had no idea that as a person I had anything of value to say, but in the mid-nineties my mind overflowed and I discovered that I had much to say.
The desire to write became stronger and in the year 2000, I signed up for creative writing classes, feeling that if I didn't I would go crazy.
So, once again, I stepped outside my comfort zone.
As part of a class project we wrote, edited, published and sold a collection of short stories titled "A Drop in the Ocean."
In 2002, I moved from the Mahone Bay area (where I'd always lived) to the Halifax area.
Burned-out from teaching, I switched to retail work.
Over the years teaching had allow me to explore different media and incorporate what I'd taught into my work. No longer focusing on selling my art, I explored mixed-media: painting on wood, wood-burning, gluing fabric on wood, chalk pastels, oil pastels, collage, etc.
I follow where my inner voice leads.
My art and writing has guided me to let go of the past and move on to live more fully in the present moment.
My goal is to aid others on their journey to heal inner wounds and find joy, peace and love.