I am a fibre artist working with raw fleece and have been hand felting for over 25 years.
With a background in sculpture, printmaking and handmade paper collage, the visual arts has been an integral part of my life as far back as I can remember.
As a teacher in the Vancouver Public schools for over 30 years, I have been involved with a variety of multi-media projects and have had the opportunity to teach art to children and fellow teachers throughout my career.
Landscapes and portraits are the themes of most of my hand felted images. As I have spent many springs and summers on the Gulf Islands, surrounded by exquisite field, forest and sea, I have had the opportunity to watch the anticipated arrival of the seasons with all their distinctive energy and life. In the process, I have grown to love land and seascapes, and the wide variety of birds that nest along the shores of the Salish Sea, always swelling with sounds, textures and hues. These sensory experiences have offered a strong connection to a natural and untamed world; they instill a sense of well- being which I carry with me in my core as a fibre artist. The process is highly tactile. With my palette of hand-dyed fleece and, through this lens, my sheep’s wool begins its journey of transformation from multiple individual fibres to a strong, cohesive richly textured fabric. “Fulling” or “hardening” the fleece into this textured felted fabric is the final stage of the process.The comfort of my chosen medium is a soft place for me to land creatively.