This year is Canada's 150th birthday. I wanted to include a celebration of this in the student exhibit, and to include the students at the school in this celebration. And so over the course of this past Fall I made 150 cardboard houses - a variety of shapes and sizes - using recycled pizza boxes from the school. This took some time! The teachers and staff at the school all asked me from time to time what in the world I was doing - as I would spend the time between classes on Wednesdays in the staff room wrestling with the cardboard. I brought the completed cardboard houses to the classes and asked the students to help me make them into houses... explaining the motivation for this project. I was quite excited to see the final 150 put all together in the Norfolk Arts Centre.
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.