I live and create my work in my studio on Lake Isle, Gainford, Alberta, which I share with my husband Bill and my Golden Retriever Charlie.
Self-taught in the beginning, I began turning in late 2013 and was hooked. Inspired by many art forms, pottery, and nature, I specialize in surface enhancement. My work can be found in galleries near my home and online. A standing member of the American Association of Woodturners, I have attended many symposiums. I enjoy experimenting with form, art mediums and color, and incorporate leatherwork, copper and “other” materials in my turnings. Nothing is off limits! I’ve turned alabaster, chocolate, even cardboard.
In 2017 I received a scholarship from the AAW for a 2-week class with Steve Loar and Dixie Biggs at Arrowmont! I loaded my lathe and camping gear in my trailer and was determined to meet as many woodturners across Canada and the US as I drove to the Symposium in Atlanta. My trip lasted 7 weeks! There I got to spend time with some of my favorite people! I met fascinating people along the way and continue to keep in touch today. I learned new skills and demonstrated mine to anyone who had an interest! I shared my adventure on Facebook. I would love to do it again sometime! I must be part gypsy!
The pandemic has cut my travels short but I continue to meet with folks thru Interactive Remote Demonstrations. I hope the future will allow for in person workshops soon! When I’m not creating, you can find me sailing, gardening, fishing or kayaking on the lake.