The beauty of nature itself is my main inspiration. I love the peacefulness of the north, the light reflected on the snow, the wilderness and the trees. Most of my ideas are inspired from nature, and especially from winter scenes because of the northern lights. That’s what I enjoy painting the most. When I paint the northern lights, I try to recreate every little detail: if it’s pink and red, green and blue, if it goes one way or another. I try to make them look as realistic as possible, so I try to paint them as I see them on that particular day. But so many things inspire me that it’s often hard to pick!
When I was really young I drew all the time and I’ve been painting since I was in 7th grade. The majority of what I know I have learned in high school. I have expanded from that knowledge by trying different mediums to create the effects I seek. I love to use several kinds of paint when I work, so I’ve had to develop the right mixture over the years. That part was challenging, but now I have figured out what works for me.
I’ve done all sorts of artwork over the years: watercolors, acrylic paintings, oil paintings, ornaments, digital artwork, airbrushing, face paintings, as well as painted vases, wine glasses or other glasswork. If I see something that looks interesting, I want to try it. I have developed my own style along the way. For instance, when I was living in northern Alberta, I started painting Haul Trucks and Tar Sand equipment. I thought the trucks would be interesting to paint and now people really love them – so I keep painting them!
One of my favorite things about painting is the freedom to create anything. To me, that’s art. Anyone could create whatever they like, it doesn’t really matter how: it’s still art. I also believe art is in the eye of the beholder – it’s about everyone’s individual taste and interpretation. Creating art is my outlet for everything and it makes me feel great. When I have some free time, that’s all I want to do. My kids are always saying: “You’re painting again, mom?” And I reply: “What do you think!” I am always painting!