I am a self taught artist and photographer living in Clark's Harbour, Nova Scotia, Canada. I retired from full time work in August 2011 and now have more time to pursue my passion for painting. I was born and raised on the west coast of Vancouver Island, the ocean, tidal waters and large coniferous trees are a frequent theme in my paintings, as are birds and flowers. Nature is a very important feature in my life, I love to be outside whenever I can. I recently purchased a kayak that has allowed me to get to some wonderful places and take photographs that I use as references in my paintings. I love to hike with friends and family and especially with my husband and our dogs Sadie and Ollie.