Artists Statement Acrylic paint has always held a great appeal for me because of its wonderful versatility. It allows me to work in several layers of transparency which often develops in unexpected ways. I am also attracted to the intensity of undiluted colours and the moods they evoke. I work on both canvas and paper. I have found the use of hand-made papers adds to the textures and layers when used in combination with acrylic paint on a heavy watercolour paper or on canvas. The collage effect of this combination of materials reflects the layers of my life experience. Although most of my work is nonrepresentational the ideas are usually based on photographs of landscapes. The moods created are inspired by the events and images from my experience. My view of the world has in part, been shaped by the places where I have lived, the landscapes and especially the people. Learning to adapt to new lives in Winnipeg, Calgary and Vancouver has had a great impact on me. I bring this sense of change and the unknown to my painting. Also I bring my love of music and involvement with the music world to my work. The musical elements of rhythm and movement are present in many of my paintings.