I live in Historic Fort St James, once the birthplace of British Columbia. I live with my husband on a Ridgeview Ranch a cattle ranch where we work side by side as partners. I was raised on a farm in central BC near Shuswap Lake and went to school in Salmon Arm BC. My mother was of first nation descent the Sewepemec (Shuswap) nation and my father of scotch descent. His father came from Scotland and pioneered in the Shuswap area. Something about the north compelled me to leave my birthplace many years ago. I painted while in school and even after my two children were born. My young son would set up his Lego’s under the easel including the family dog. It was a wonderful time in my life. But the demands of family and a outside job became too much. So the painting had to be put aside, a few years turned into 18 years. The desire to begin painting again couldn’t be ignored. All of my old oil paints and materials had dried up. So I decided to try painting with watercolors it was a medium that had been too challenging at one time. After some trial and error I found a instructor who gave a day long session and that really made all the difference. Watercolors are a wonderful challenging medium that almost demands constant attention or it’s illusive nature lends one to feel almost like a beginner every time. My resurgence in the Art making has brought out a delight in exploring new mediums and taking workshops with wonderful renowned artists. I have been rapidly making up for lost time. The internet, digital photography and computer monitor has made a huge difference but I still prefer to get out in the open air and feel the energy of the moment. My husband and I go for horse pack trips in the fall and I bring my backpack of watercolors with me. He has been wonderfully supportive and this fall he built a sizable studio/gallery on to the ranch house. Which gives me the space to instruct as well as to learn.