As far back as I can remember I was always drawing and colouring! Growing up on a farm in Saskatchewan was often a lonely existence. Summers were long and isolating. I filled my days with making things, painting, sewing, creating in some way.
I often got into trouble for this and was constantly reminded to do my chores and then I could do what pleased me.
This instilled a message in me that I carried into my adulthood – creative activities were for when the work was done! One day I realized the work would never be done and I needed to do my work.
I started to set time aside to work on art. I took workshops in pottery, weaving, jewellery making, watercolour, silk painting, mixed media and eventually, I decided I wanted to paint.
For years I worked as a part-time artist while earning a living. In 2008 I decided it was time to make a change and my partner and I moved to Vancouver Island.
Now the time seemed right to take the plunge into becoming a full-time artist!
It has been a journey!
If you have always wanted to paint or pursue another creative activity – don’t put it off until the work is done! For many this means retirement.