Welcome to my studio
When I started renovating my beachside home in White Rock, B.C. a few years ago, I discovered that the house actually dated back to the 1920's but had had many additions over the years. The original 1920's section is where I now have my art studio. It has great light coming from the vaulted ceiling with south-facing windows overlooking the ocean. I love that I can hear the sound of children playing on the beach echoing up the hill while I paint. I planted a garden overflowing with fruit trees and flowers outside the other windows. The door to my studio is hung with a set of vintage beaded curtains from the flapper era and, like the rest of my house, I have built vintage elements into the decor. I find it easy to be inspired by the smallest things... It's not a fancy place, and there is still plenty to finish to make it a perfect workspace, but I feel lucky every day to be here. And when I need a break, the beach is only a block away!!
My Mixed Media Artworks are created with layers of paint, papers and vintage embellishments. I usually start with a sketch on watercolour paper, then cut it out, glue it onto a cradled birch panel (wooden canvas) and add paint and other layers until I am finished. I use every available medium to get the look I want, including acrylic paint, watercolours, inks, pens and oils. I have collected a huge catalog vintage ephemera (photos and paper) over the years and love to include these in my work. I also use vintage buttons, rhinestones and other small embellishments on some paintings. The finished artwork is usually available for purchase as a print on paper or canvas, or other gift products.
Much of my painting is done using Watercolours or Alcohol Inks. Most people think these are very different mediums, but I work with both in similar ways. I love the way they both blend, and the way I can create organic shapes with the water or alcohol. I start with a pencil drawing and then after I'm finished painting, I scan the image at a high resolution and sometimes add some details by hand, painting with a digital 'stylus' paintbrush on my iPad. If I am creating a mixed media artwork, II often use watercolour paint over layers of vintage paper, to add texture and softness.
I am always experimenting with new ways of creating art! It's my work and also my playground!
Visit my SHOP to see what I have for sale at the moment.
As they say, we all have several careers in life, and I am no exception. Life moves fast and I am always up for a new challenge.
I was first trained as a Fashion Designer at Kwantlen Polytechnic University and then went back to school to learn the business behind Film Production at the Art Institute of Seattle. I worked in the film industry for over a decade in various capacities. I began in the costume department and eventually I co-owned a production company and worked as a writer, director and producer. I also co-founded the Celluloid Social Club, a Vancouver indie film screening series that has helped launch hundreds of small film projects over the years and is still active today.
In the early 2000's I sold my film company and began selling antiques and vintage inspired design as the director of Salvage Style. In the spring of 2015 I launched The Jitterbug Shop, a series of art and gifts that celebrates our local communities. Today, I am changing the name to The Jitterbug Studio to include a more well rounded selection of my work, including my paintings and home decor.
I live in an old cottage I renovated near the beach in beautiful White Rock, B.C. When I'm not playing in the waves, or working in my studio, you can find me at various vintage and art markets throughout the lower mainland combining all aspects of my business. My various art, gift and decor products can be found at a growing number of retail outlets and online through this website.
Keep your toes in the sand & have an inspiring day!