Alice at Rice Lake 2010
Rediscovering my creative side through painting and photography.
I am excited about this new chapter of my life!
I am originally from the United States, and in 1974 I crossed the border into Canada, settling in Toronto. In 2000 I moved downtown from the suburbs to a 12- story condo building in the lively and historic St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood, not far from Lake Ontario. Since my retirement in 2009, after 29 years at a busy and stressful investment accounting job, I am devoting my time to a variety of artistic and creative pursuits. No more numbers! A frustrated gardener with no balcony, I enjoy growing indoor green plants plus kitchen herbs under lights.
When I retired I purchased my first digital camera, a Panasonic Lumix. Not the fanciest camera but I love using it and am happy with the results. I have attended several classes at Henry's School of Imaging, and may take more classes in photography in future. For now I enjoy experimenting on my own, surprising myself with what happens through my lens and also what is possible on Photoshop. I will eventually buy a new camera and see what happens!
Drawing and Painting
Though the years I have taken various courses in drawing and painting in the US and in Toronto. Since retirement I have taken landscape painting classes in acrylics and oils at Avenue Road Arts School and George Brown College Fine Arts Program. For several years I continued my exploration of landscape painting in classes taught by an excellent teacher, Stefan Galvanek, at LucSculpture School. My most recent classes - Mixed Media and Watercolour at Ryerson's Life Institute.
See examples of my paintings on the Slide Show page.