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The artist’s election for membership in the prestigious Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour was confirmed in 2006. She is also an elected member of the Canadian Society of Authors, Illustrators, and Performers.
A nomination at the national level, for her work as an illustrator of children’s books, and both provincial and national awards for her 60’ mural design installed at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital highlight the artist’s diversity. Since 2002 she has been included in the Canadian “Who’s Who”, published by the University of Toronto.
The artist has taught extensively since 1989, with invitations to lead watercolour workshops, conferences, and classes in Cape Breton, Ontario, and Quebec. She teaches both schoolchildren and adults. The artist was awarded the Mentorship Award for Learning Through The Arts program. She has also received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Cape Breton Artist’s Association (2000).
Her paintings have been selected for inclusion in the Nova Scotia Art Bank (1999), Cape Breton University’s permanent collection (1997) and been viewed in the nationally televised series “Pit Pony” (1999). Her watercolours have been accepted into the provincial, regional, and international juried shows and are hung in corporate and private collections.
“The ability, the need, the desire to create is a gift that I must honor.”