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BIO

 

“Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity.”

– Charles Mingus

 

…and everyone definitely knows I’m simple.

Yes, all my life I’ve been able to whittle things down and reduce them to their most basic form – just ask my husband.

It all started when I was a child – an only child, mind you. I had no competition for my parent’s love and attention.

I grew up on a golf course just north of Toronto. My father was a golf professional from Scotland and my mother was a four handicap golfer (that’s pretty good) so I spent my weekends and summers on the links. I learned how to play of course, but shunned it in my teens because I was just too cool.

I studied at OCAD and then supplemented my skills in a graphic design course at George Brown College. I got hired immediately at the Globe and Mail (Canada’s National Newspaper) as an Advertising Designer/Artist and stayed there for twenty-five years. Oh, the memories! Since I’ve retired, I’ve had several successful shows at The Papermill Gallery, The Doris McCarthy Gallery at the U. of T. Scarborough campus, Gallery 402, and the Bluffs Gallery in Scarborough.

I’ve been involved in music for many years too – rock, pop, folk, blues, funk… but now mostly jazz. I sing around town in various clubs and bars with several different groups of incredibly talented friends. Here I am (with Sam Sharkawy and several others) at Castro’s in the Beach.

Castro's in the Beach 2013

…and here I am singing with JUNO Award winners Adrean Farrugia on keys, Kevin Barrett on guitar and Jordan O’Connor on bass at our local down at Bluffer’s Park Marina. I have concerts here occasionally and they’re called “Jazz at the Bluffs.” Killer musicians, great fun and a VERY¬†warm and fuzzy crowd!

JazzattheBluffs3

I live year-round on a two-storey floating home at the foot of the Scarborough Bluffs where we can feed swans right from our hand (they come when I whistle)… and I have a Dutch-style river boat there too that I use as a floating art studio. There’s pix of it in the Musings section. It’s called “Drawn Aboard” – get it?

If you call and I don’t answer, leave a message… but keep it simple.