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Who am I?
I am a writer, artist, and community volunteer. I write both fiction and non-fiction. This website serves as an online portfolio of my work.
I have worked as a chamber maid, potato peeler, data entry operator, teacher, and vice-principal of special education programs. I write, paint, and instruct online courses for teachers from my studio-office in the Municipality of Brockton, Bruce County, Ontario, Canada.
My fiction and non-fiction . . . have appeared in Canada, USA, UK, South Africa, South Asia, and Australia. “Nesting” received 1st prize in the 2017 Northwestern Ontario Writers Workshop writing competition. “Clutched by the Hair” was awarded Top 3 in the 2015 Desi Writers’ Lounge Fiction Writing Contest. “Ringo,” a creative nonfiction piece, was awarded third prize at the 2015 Northwestern Ontario Writers Workshop Writing Contest. “Nothing by Mouth” was shortlisted in the 2014 Event Magazine Nonfiction Contest.
My paint style is abstract:
I’m drawn to art that pushes boundaries. Art that’s too safe & repetitive feels boring. I work with acrylic, alcohol inks, mixed media (wax, paint, found objects, glue), and watercolour. My work is in stores, cafes, and galleries in three counties in Ontario: Bruce, Grey, and Huron. Big thanks to my supporters! You know who you are.
Some recent news:
In May, 2017, ‘Nesting’ received first prize in the NOWW (Northwestern Ontario Writers Workshop) writing competition in the category of creative nonfiction. My first poem ‘A Glacial Stalker’ came out in an anthology celebrating Canada 150th in 2017. In 2017, my wax and ink entry into ‘Works on Paper’ received third prize in the Walkerton Juried Art Show. The same piece also received third in the Contemporary Art Gallery Online All Botanical competition. ‘Lily Pad Pond’ will hang as a banner in the Owen Sound harbour in 2017. In early 2017, two of my entries received Special Merit Awards in the Light, Sound, & Space Online Art Gallery Contest. Jenny Magazine, a literary and art magazine out of Youngstown State University, Ohio, included some of my rural and urban images in Volume 12 of the magazine. In 2016, my entry into the Bruce County Public Library ‘Reel Art’ Contest was awarded first prize. My photograph of stairs at the Alton Mill won third prize at the Walkerton Juried Art Show in 2016. In 2015 my mixed media piece ‘Three Birches’ was awarded second prize in the Walkerton Juried Art Show. That piece is now part of a private collection. ‘Barn in Field’ and ‘Isaac Lake’ became part of private collections in 2015, too. ‘Isaac Lake’ was selected to appear in the 2016 Art Map Landscape Calendar. I do commissions. Contact me through my Contact Form to discuss.