Here we are, the beginning of a new year following a year most of us would like to forget. I, however, have to start by saying how grateful I am to have discovered art at this stage of my life and all the joy it brings, especially during the challenging days we have had and are still dealing with. I am grateful to have the support of family, friends and the many local businesses that carry my art. Many projects kept me going, one which was called "Art in Isolation". A series of word prompts from Sheri Kunzli from the Vernon Community Art Centre encouraged me to create every day for almost two months and which I added to this board.

Then the lovely Lauri Wiberg and I worked together to create and publish two children's books. My illustrations and her delightful poetry came together in "A Whimsical Journey, Books One and Two".

To top it all off, I worked hard on creating this new website from which you can now purchase my greeting cards, prints, books and more. See Children's Book in the Gallery.

December was a busy month getting organized for the local fundraiser "Artsolutely". Up until the last week we were not sure it would be a go but we were approved to open and the Vernon Community Art Centre had it's best year ever. Shoppers enjoyed having a safe place to view and purchase local art from our amazing artisans.

The new year has begun with having a new coloring book ready for print [Book 7] and a small ABC booklet that can fit into a greeting card. Makes a great little extra gift when sending a card and filled with 26 of my illustrations. Check out the Coloring Book section in the Gallery.

And of course Valentines is around the corner so hearts are in abundance in my art. Check out the Seasonal section in the Gallery.

Making concrete plans for markets and shows are still not in the works but with vaccines coming soon and more people following COVID protocols, I hope that some kind of normal happens soon. I miss being with family, seeing faces of friends, celebrating special events and giving hugs. However, creativity rules and I read the best use of imagination is creativity and the worst use of imagination is anxiety. "Deepak Chopra"

Happy New Year to All!!

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Updated: Oct 27, 2020

Before becoming an artist, I created a beautiful magical garden in Maple Ridge, BC. My garden was my joy, full of peace and good energy and I loved to share it with other gardeners. With the help of a good friend, we organized "Country Garden Tours" that raised over $30,000 for "Sunshine Dreams for Kids". Over the years I had hundreds of people tour my garden, and often I was asked how I managed to keep it looking so healthy. My answer always was "the fairies help me". The garden was featured in "Canadian Gardening" and the article on the garden was called "The Magic Touch". I always loved the whimsical fairy ornaments I would see in the garden centers and had a few placed along the pathways but suddenly "fairy" statues of all kinds and sizes began to mysteriously show up for me to find among the flowers. To this day no one has owned up to leaving them but they all moved with me and sit quietly on my balcony garden here in Vernon. I am sure those little fairies continue to inspire me but now on paper instead of in the garden. Laurel has come up with the most delightful poetry to accompany my illustrations.

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Updated: Sep 8, 2020

This book is not only for children but also for the child in all of us. Over the last few years I have been asked many times if I had ever considered writing a children's book and my answer always was "I would love to, but a writer I am not. Having Laurel Ellen attend a "Happy Art" class I was teaching at the Vernon Community Art Center changed all that. Not that I suddenly learned how to write, but Laurel certainly can. She, and her gift of words became a gift to me. Well, the book has happened and Laurel has created the most delightful poetry to go along with my illustrations. Questions accompany each image that encourage children to study the images to see what they can find hidden in plain sight. Price of the book is $25 and postage $5. If you are interested in a book send me a message via my contact page.

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