I am inspired by a mad love affair with colour...
Bold rich invigorating colour together with flowers from the garden or one of many bouquets received, sunset views from our home, travels local and abroad, a vast range of music, and much more that I enjoy in life; all encourage my passion to paint.
“Follow your heart. Dreams come true.” – Barbara Simpson (1998)
Prelude to a dream, come true.
Captivated by colour from my first sign of life, childhood memories hold strong within me. Colouring books were among my favourite gifts when I was a young child. Always eager to get into my stocking on Christmas morning, a treasure trove revealing my new colouring book and box of crayons. At the age of 8, I saw a very large box of crayons fall out of my stocking and I was to the moon and back about all the new colours. I must have coloured more than half my colouring book that Christmas day and I am most certain my parents had to pry me away to sit down for Christmas dinner. That is where my creative life began. Two years later, I was completely hooked on colour and design, and creating was my goal. As life would have it, moving at a fast rate the years moved on, before too long I became enthralled with business, travel and music; imminent each adding to the excitement of my creative quest.
With gratitude to my parents and family for all the beautiful creative gifts, allowing me to explore and be my own person.
My Work, My Inspiration
My work fluctuates between impressionism and contemporary, each challenging and rewarding in its own way. I love the historical painting techniques from great painting masters as Georgia O’Keeffe, Emily Carr, Claude Monet, Paul Gauguin, and Vincent Van Gogh, to name a few and at times desire the kind of focus it brings me. In contrast, my abstract work allows me to be flexible and express myself to work more spontaneously with vibrant and evocative imagination, which I also need at times.