Before moving to North Saanich, I spent 25 years practicing law in Edmonton and was privileged to sit on the Boards of several public companies and to serve as Chair of the Board of Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT).
In 2011 my husband, Timothy Christian, who is also a lawyer, (and now a writer: TimothyJChristian.com) and I were bicycling in France. While drinking a lovely bottle of local wine in the countryside, we decided to retire from law and to explore new directions in our lives.
Having been a lover of art, and a collector, I took to painting with a passion - taking classes on line and attending classes at Vancouver Island School of Art, learning to express, on canvas, my love of colour and form. I have traveled extensively and what interests me most is the people - their culture, way of life, appearance and how they express themselves through their clothing, art and architecture. The same is true of the time I spent working with Indigenous people in northern Alberta and in the NWT. When I reflect and draw on these experiences to paint it's all about creating a feeling, one that reflects a particular people and how they live, or something beautiful or powerful I’ve seen in nature, and that feeling comes from the combination and flow of colour and texture on the canvas.
I use acrylics, gels and sometimes a heavier textural element like plaster to create paintings with a complex layering of colours and texture, generally applied with a palette knife or silk screening tool to layer or subtract the paint from the canvas.