During the "Visions of Faith" art show a few weeks ago, I had a few very helpful conversations with our special guest artist, Cam Merkle. He really encouraged me to enjoy the process... not to be overly focused on the end-result. What brought on this conversation was one of my little comments, in regards to the fact that he spends 2-3 years on average per art piece (he does incredible bird carvings). I remarked, "I wouldn't have the patience for that!". Cam wisely replied that you don't need patience to do something that you love.
With this in mind, I thought about my "process". I'm quick to get at the end result... and can narrow in on that too much I suppose. So, as I gear up for the paintings I plan to work on this fall and winter, I decided to take my time and do a little 'study', with watercolour and ink. The subject's photo was taken with my husband's motion-sensored trail camera. I'm planning on using it as a subject this fall sometime.
I live in Southern Ontario on a farm with my husband, Dennis, and our two daughters. Painting out of my studio on our farm allows me to stay close to my family and to be surrounded by the natural landscape that continues to influence my work.