Owl Magic

Last-night around 6pm, I was about to reach under the deck to turn on the hose when I noticed this little feathered friend perched on an old chair – a little Sceeching Owl What an incredible little being – getting up close I could see the stunning detail of his plumage -I found myself spellbound – truly breath-taking. These enchanting …

Nature in the City

Sketch for my latest Wire Bird Sculpture series inspired by Scottish Architect, Designer, and Painter  – Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s famous Rose Motif Urban Nature had a huge influence on the artist, early on his childhood and he would return over and over again to nature throughout his adult life for inspiration. Charles Rennie Mackintosh was the fourth of eleven children, The family’s …

A Prayer for Elise

Today was a very emotional day, it was my last class with my special needs student – Elise for a while, as she will undergo a major operation this coming Tuesday ( a ⅔ corpus colostomy). Elise suffers from a rare neurological disorder, Subcortical Band Heterotopia, as well as epilepsy.  Elise couldn’t make it to class – so I went to her home …

In My World…

In my world anything and everything is possible! My imagination leads me on the most amazing journeys… Working on my Urban Nature Art program modules has gifted me opportunities to play with so many wonderful mediums – in this particular module we are celebrating our Feathered Friends. Today I am playing with wire. During the creative process of making this …

Barefoot

“And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.” -Khalil Gibran On my early morning walk I was greeted by beautiful golden smiles. Oh how I love Spring in the Okanagan, BC. To walk barefoot among the wild native flowers nourishes my soul. “When you walk with naked …

Playful Nature Art

Elise is one of my special needs students I get to work with on a one to one – which I love. Elise suffers from a a rare neurological disorder,Subcortical Band Heterotopia, unmanageable Epilepsy and Autism This week she was experiencing lots of seizures leaving her dizzy so we took things slow. In our classes we mainly concentrate on the …

Wild and Free

All children need time to play outdoors… to let their imaginations run wild and free This beautiful 5 year old wanted to fly and so she did! Wild and Free And soon all the other children were flying in and out of the trees, some were fairies, some were dragonflies; others were birds and butterflies… It was their game, their adventure, their …

URBAN NATURE ART – Blossoms in Yale Town

I love visiting Vancouver, it’s always bursting with life, especially in Spring, providing oodles of inspiration for my work as an artist and an educator. I had a full day of workshops at a school in Kitsilano on Wednesday but had time on Tuesday afternoon to explore the city. Walking around I came across this magical sight of pink and white …

Flower Fairy Fun

One of my favourite artists is the late Cicely Barker, the creator of the magical and enchanting flower fairies. Today we were exploring the flower fairies of Spring. Here in the Okanagan, we patiently await the birth of the first native sunflowers – the golden Balsamic Arrowroot. While we wait, we search for other little alpine flowers, buttercups and dandelions. …