My highest goal is to offer a moment of joy and beauty to the world, and to use a portion of my art sales to support women and children, and the environment.
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All my life I’ve wanted to create things that are beautiful and interesting. Many of my happiest memories are the times I spent at fine arts camp as a teenager, and studying for my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, because my days were filled with painting and sculpting.
But I knew those days were numbered because my parents had always urged me to become a lawyer, saying “artists can’t make a living.”
I rebelled by studying art at university, but there were few job prospects after graduation. I taught crafts at a geriatric hospital, and did a stint in an art gallery. When my first daughter was born, I launched my own design business from home. It was successful, but I found it lonely in the house all the time with a toddler, so I went back to school.
My family always inspired me to help make the world a better place. I remember my mother fighting for women’s rights in a group called The Voice of Women, and being head of STOP, an anti-pollution group.
When my children were young, I gave talks to parents at their elementary school, about global warming and the hole in the ozone layer.
Now I am marching in the streets with my grown children and my grandchildren, part of the climate change movement. I also support causes that help women and children.
I’ve finally come full circle, and swapped my writer’s manuscripts for canvases and paint brushes.
As an artist, I’m attracted to luminous colors and lines. I usually play music when I paint. For me, layering patterns and shapes is like a dance on paper or canvas.
My new Joy in Bloom collection is a series of abstract floral and garden paintings that evoke a feeling of joy. I chose to paint flowers because of their glorious colours and shapes, and because they symbolize a range of intense emotions, including happiness, joy, gratitude, and love.
The floral abstracts are painted with acrylics and mixed media, on canvas or paper. Each piece explores a different aspect of our lives, offering hope and a reminder to treasure the environment that nurtures us.
My mini paintings are done with alcohol inks, and topped with resin for a brilliant shine. Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine I would be wielding a blow torch (to remove the bubbles) and a power sander, but that's what you do for love!
I am thrilled that my paintings are collected across Canada and the US. You can see my work at upcoming exhibits, on my website and on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.
If you’d like to schedule a virtual visit to my studio to see details of a painting you like, just email me!
I also want to use this time in my life to give back. From my recent art show sales, I gave $500 to Nelson House, a women’s shelter for which my daughter Tara Berish is chair of the board. I will continue to donate a portion of my art sales to groups that help women and children, including Kiva which gives micro-loans to people starting businesses around the world. I love to support moms who can then support their daughters.
I’m also passionate about supporting environmental groups that fight climate change, such as The David Suzuki Foundation, and Friends of the Earth. We all need a healthy planet for future generations.
So a portion of my art that you buy to grace your home, will also be played forward to make the world a little better, just as my mother always taught me. An inspiring thought, isn’t it?
Dawn to Dusk Collection
Treasure the moments of your life. This collection features bold and playful abstract elements to infuse your home with color and character.
Joy in Bloom
My Mini Collection is tiny art with a big heart. 5 x 5 inch paintings coated with resin for a brilliant finish to create your collection or give a unique gift.