My garden is my main connection to the outside and natural world I experience, as I live housebound from Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (M.E) & disability. Although I live with disability effecting my daily energy, I remain positive. When my body allows me to, I paint. I love painting. My garden paintings are cheerful and full of vibrant energy achieved through the use of layering colour. Captivated by colour beginning in childhood with a hot pink and bright electric green daisy 60’s wallpaper pattern. It was when I happily opened my first big box of 64 colourful Crayola Crayons that my love of creating with colour began. I adore mixing vivid colours of paint, painting with bold colour on birch panels and the feeling of dipping my brush through thick bright paint. My life since childhood has always been coloured by art in some way, for many years I practiced as an Art Teacher with the TDSB. I live with my artist husband Brandon Steen and our English Bull Terriers Fionny and Dolores in Toronto.
Participating in local group shows at the Blue Crow Gallery, Leslie Grove Gallery, as well as online events such as the Queen Street Art Crawl and The Square Foot Show, I choose events carefully to support my disability. I have found one event which I attend through socially distancing as it is in my studio garden. The Bayview Art Tour is an event where I showcase new work from my Garden Paintings known as Art in the Garden. My husband Brandon supports me in the art tent during the the event.