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I suppose I have a non-traditional approach to watercolour... combining a flowing and loose medium with a precise and detailed style. Crisp, clean images and deep, saturated colours give my paintings clarity and depth. In many of my pieces, highly realistic subjects emerge in unusual surroundings and this juxtaposition creates intriguing visual stories. If nature and wildlife are transplanted indoors into still-life settings, the results are both startling and calming. My love of nature and the pull toward still-life have resulted in an unexpected yet compelling pairing.
I've been working as a full-time artist for 12 years. I've also worked as a freelance illustrator and contributed to a number of educational children’s books. As a participant in many fine art shows across Ontario, I was recently awarded first prize at the New Art Festival in Ottawa, Best in Painting at the Haliburton Art and Craft Festival, 2013 Best in Watercolour at the TOAE and The Carolyn McIntire Smyth Special Award at the Cabbagetown Festival in Toronto
All of the images and objects in my paintings are pulled from my beautiful surroundings here in Northumberland County. We are on 100 acres of land covered in old farm buildings, forest, streams, fields and hills. The creatures in my pieces are our closest neighbours! Each time I look out my studio windows, I see potential for new paintings. In addition to the abundance in the natural world, our hundred-year-old farmhouse is a wonderland of colours, textures and objects from bygone eras. It is the combination of the rich natural world and the emotional depth of family history that is the sweet spot for me.
Watercolour is my first and singular artistic love. It offers an unusual combination of flexibility and rigidity, depending on my approach.
While my work is done originally in watercolour, all of the items for sale on my One of a Kind site are limited edition prints, made with archival inks. Each piece is double-matted for greater detail and depth.
My frames are made from basswood and are hand-sanded and stained. They are easy to hang with a sliding groove in the back and require no extra wire or equipment. Just a small nail with a nice head on it!
In Canada, shipments of framed prints are sent via Expedited Canada Post and are trackable online. Deliveries in Ontario usually take 1-3 business days. For the rest of Canada, 3-8 business days is standard.
To the USA, packages are shipped Expedited Parcel. Please allow 5-7 business days (not guaranteed). Tracking numbers will be provided to the customer.
For international orders, any duty or VAT charges are extra and are the responsibility of the buyer. Items are shipped International Parcel. Please contact merchant prior to purchase for further details about delivery times. As a rough guide, delivery to England can take 14-45 business days.
Returns or exchanges may be made within 30 days of shipment. Merchandise must be in undamaged condition with shipping and handling costs at the expense of the customer. Refunds will be issued when the package has come back to the sender.
Our packaging is very safe and secure! We've worked very hard over the years to develop packing methods and materials to ensure your precious cargo arrives safely.