Education

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Gratitude

I have been so blessed on my artistic journey with all of the amazing and talented teachers who have inspired and mentored me over the years.

My encausitc journey started in 2006 with a class with Thea Haubrich, who was instrumental in bringing encaustic to Canada and spreading the word about it. She was a teacher, mentor, and friend who gave so generously of herself to all that had the desire to learn.

Linda Robertson and Shary Bartlett have been powerful guides on my path both as teachers and mentors. When Thea passed away in 2013 I was forever grateful for their support as I stepped into teaching. They are both shining stars of creative passion.

I give thanks to Andrea Bird, Angela Hansen, Tracy Proctor, Michelle Belto, Michael Bossom, and Anna Maria Aigner who have all been so instructive in my encaustic education over the past 10 years.

Thank you to Jesse Reno, Kalsang Dawa, Carla Sonheim, and Tamara Laporte for mixed media guidance. Jesse is a shaman of creativity and opened a portal in my mind that I am forever grateful for. Kalsang taught me to really think about why I was painting while making my own paints.

To all of my encaustic friends, the ladies of CanwaxWest, and to my students - I have learned more from all of you than I could ever repay. You inspire and delight me with your love of encaustic and mixed media.

Happy Painting!

2017

·         Life Book 2017 with Tamara Laporte & others     

2016

·         Sinking into the Creative Process, Andrea Bird 

·         Puppet Workshop with Tim Gosley 

·         Studio date with Cathy Nichols

2015

·         Encaustic Sculpture & Texture with Angela Hansen 

·         Life Book 2015 with Tamara Laporte & others 

·         Mixed Media, Scrolls & Encaustic with Linda Robertson

2014

·         ArtStarts Infusion Studio Arts Integration Learning Lab Kamloops, BC

·         Healing Mandala with Kalsang Dawa of Vancouver, BC

·         Representational Painting in Encaustic with Tracy Proctor

·         Texture and Fabrication in Encaustic with Shary Bartlett

·         Year of the Fairy Tale Mixed Media Workshop with Carla Sonheim

·         Emily Carr Summer Fine Arts Intensive with Karen Yurkovich

2013

·         5 day studio intensive (level 2) with Jesse Reno 

·         Paper Making & Encaustic with Michelle Belto

·         Toni Onley Artists Project, mentors Wayne White & Mimi Pond (10 day Wells, BC)

·         Healing Medicine Buddha with Kalsang Dawa

·         Misfit Dolls with Lana Guerra

2012

·         5 day studio intensive with Jesse Reno 

·         Brave Intuitive Painting with Flora Bowley

2011

·         International Encaustic Artists Retreat

2010

·         Two day encaustic workshop intensive with Linda Robertson

2009

·         Two day encaustic workshop intensive with Anna-Maria Aigner

2006- 2013

·         Extensive encaustic classes, circles, and mentorship with Thea Haubrich

1998-2006 Editor for film & television Vancouver, BC

1998 Foundation Film Diploma – Vancouver Film School

1997 BA (Behavioral Science) – Macquarie University, NSW Australia