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Born in Rosetown, Saskatchewan, my childhood was spent growing up and working on our family farm. Having enough water meant collecting and saving every drop from rooftops; shade was never taken for granted as every tree had to be planted and nurtured in order to grow. On hot summer days, when others were vacationing, my brother and I were helping Dad putting up hay in the roadside ditches. Sometimes I would ignore chores and escape into the wheat fields, lie down, and watch the clouds. The prairie landscape defined my conscious and unconscious boundaries. I was connected! I belonged!

My adult life was in complete contrast! As a military wife my roots where contained within my memories. I planted many trees but never stayed long enough to enjoy shade. I lived a nomadic, transient life. No matter where I lived (that being many, many places), I carried that sense of place, my “prairie,” deep inside me.

I reside in St. Albert, Alberta. In addition to painting full time, I work 3D in clay and am an avid gardener. My hands, working hands, always dirty; covered in paint or soil...linked to the earth literally and visually...my prairie.