Gourd Painting, December 20, 6pm-8pm
My love of art began at a very early age. I was lucky enough to have several good teachers in high school who encouraged me to express myself through various media. I explored drawing, painting and pottery, finally settling on watercolor painting.
I couldn’t devote much time to my art while raising a family and working full time. So, when I retired in 2015 it was time to see if I still had the drive and the desire to be an artist.
I returned to watercolor painting and started working with acrylics and face painting. I began to explore different techniques and discovered I loved painting on glass and making jewelry. In my first year back into painting I painted and sold 22 pictures with all the proceeds going to Feeding Kids Ministry. People were very encouraging and wanted to purchase my paintings, consequently giving me the confidence I needed to continue to develop my art.
My husband and I own a small farm in Lachine; although we do not have animals on our farm, we grow many different varieties of flowers and vegetables. In 2014 my husband thought it would be fun to grow birdhouse gourds. We had 44 viable gourds that summer; hence began my career becoming a crafter of gourds. Now we grow several various kinds of gourds in our garden.
Teaching art is something I’ve been able to pursue. I enjoy showing other people how much fun it is to work with gourds, glass, mosaics, drawing and making jewelry. It doesn’t make any difference to me if its adults or children, I try to make it fun and appropriate for whatever age I’m teaching. Although my gourds have become a large part of my art career, I still very much enjoy face painting, painting on glass and canvas and making jewelry. Everything I do is an individual piece of art, each unique and one of a kind. I have a deep love of color, shape, and design, many of my pieces reflect nature and what is grown in our own gardens.