Born and raised on the islands of Trinidad and Tobago in the southern Caribbean had a lot to do with my love of art and painting. As far back as I can remember, painting and art played a major role in my life. Starting as early as age seven, painting became an important creative outlet through out my teens and into young adulthood. My family recognized this was to be my chosen path in life and they provided the support and continually encouraged me to move forward. At age eleven I began selling my first commissioned works and at the age of eighteen opened my first art studio to the public. The rest as they say, is history.
Being self taught provided freedom to explore without fear. When you don't know any better, there's nothing to be afraid of. I've learned at my own pace and through trial and error. Most of all, I've spent hours and hours reading, studying and researching, I believe that's why I fell in love with so many different subjects. Colour is something I live. Having grown up in the tropics, it's understandable the hot climate, the lifestyle and diverse heritage of the islands would influence my art work. Color, art, painting, and creativity...It's just part of the West Indian fabric. To me it was the greatest gift to have spent 20 years there taking it all in.
As life changes came with marriage, a move away from Trinidad to Canada, kids and a busy family, painting remained my constant. Eventually this would evolve into a full career. It seemed like I woke up one day and voila! It had turned professional and was full time. After numerous requests to teach, I stepped into the world of art education, and besides painting, teaching painting soon became another passion. There's nothing more rewarding than seeing others captivated by painting! In the mid 90's I opened a teaching art studio and retail art store. I offered a wide variety of painting classes in oils, acrylic and watercolors and maintained a heavy schedule of travel teaching across North America. After several years at this it was time for creative change. To the excitement of my husband and family, I moved my studio back home and drastically reduced my teaching schedule. It was time for some well deserved R&R.
With the birth of the internet, the art community was bound for change. Four of my colleagues (also art teachers) and I, identified a need. Many student painters, especially beginning artists didn't have easy access to good art instruction. After much discussion and months of planning, we joined forces and opened the first online art community of it's kind, offering online painting lessons and classes via the internet. We are all able to work from home and reach thousands of students around the globe. That was back in 2007, over seven years ago! Our partnership company is called the Art Apprentice Online We developed an online art school and manage it jointly. All my teaching is now done online with painting classes at our online school. You can see the links in the menu above.
This online format for teaching is incredible, I film all my classes in my studio here in Kelowna, B.C. Canada and via the internet teach others who live as far away as the Philippines, Malaysia, England, Russia, Norway, Holland and over 40 other countries! Technology is quite amazing!
Art Apprentice Online - My Business Partners and I - Five Artists - Five Art Teachers
If you're new to the Art Apprentice Online... You're invited you to come along with us...Yup, we can teach you how to paint. Even if you don't think you have talent...Which by the way, is not needed to learn painting. Trust us, as experienced art teachers, we saw the frustration and confusion felt by those just starting out with painting and drawing. We set out to change this and make learning to paint a rich and enjoyable experience for everyone...Yes, that's YOU too!
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***If you have questions regarding my online classes or simply want to speak with someone about our classes in general, please call our business number during regular business hours - Central Standard Time. Our Main Office is located in Salt Lake City, Utah, USAContact my business partners and the other class instructors directly via email...
Western Canada is home for our family now, it has been for nearly 30 years. The changing seasons help to enhance my love of color...even the long gray winters make me appreciate color and life even more! Cheers to Art and Painting!
Life has been very good to me. As I enter the next phase...New grandbabies provide endless enjoyment and soon, along with seascapes, tropical birds, turtles, and mixed media, they'll be the next subjects I'll be painting...
Our Online Art School is set apart from what's available online by the wide variety of exceptionally high quality art instruction offered, classes with unlimited teacher critiques, unlimited classroom access and unparalleled customer service!
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