Growing up on a farm in southern Ontario, I was encouraged to experiment with
oils and watercolours as a child as my mother and grandmother were both artists.
I began my formal instruction with private instruction from Doolee McDonnell,
and have taken courses at Emily Carr University, Langara College, the Vancouver
Academy of Art and with the Federation of Canadian Artists.
To some degree, my subject matter reflects my background. I love the natural
environment, mountains, streams and other wild places, but I also enjoy capturing
the many moods of people. As a scuba diver, I have acquired a familiarity with
and fondness for water views, particularly underwater scenes.
There is no more satisfying activity on earth than creating a work of art.
Although I have an academic science background, I often find that I am most
acutely observing nature when I am painting. I chose to paint what I love, whether
a flower, an underwater experience, a lake, a forest scene or a still life.
Painting portraits is a particularly satisfying challenge. Through painting,
I strive to capture these beautiful moments, even if just on paper or canvas.
I work primarily in acrylic and watercolours, although I also create pieces
in stained glass.
Art Education and Exhibitions
1990 - 2016 Courses at:
- Emily Carr: painting in watercolour
- Langara: figure in watercolour
- Vancouver Academy of Art: drawing, painting in acrylics, watercolour painting
en plein air, and colour theory
- Federation of Canadian Artists: watercolour and acrylic painting (Janice
Robertson), watercolour and acrylic painting in Provence (Mike Svob), watercolour (Kiff Holland, Tatiana Mirkov-Popovicki and Jean Pederson) and watercolour and acrylic painting in Provence (Mike Svob) and private
instruction with Doolee McDonnell.
Holland/Croft Studio: mentoring and watercolour, oil painting.
- Canadian Federation of Artists
- Suite E life drawing group
- Port Moody Art Association
2016 juried show at Federation of Canadian Artists, Canvas Unbound, and group show, Place des Arts, Suite E
2014/15 juried show at FCA and Maple Ridge, group show at Port Moody
2013 juried show at FCA, Works on Paper, group show Port Moody
2012 juried show at FCA, including "Blossoms", Still Life show, group show Port Moody
2012 juried show at CityScape Community Art Space, "Bold and Beautiful"
2011 juried shows at FCA, including "Haiku Open International Exhibition",as well as Landscapes, Canvas Unbound and Still Life.
2011 Group shows, Wallflowers and Beyond, Port Moody Art Association, and Belcarra
2010 Group shows, including: FCA "Capturing the Spirit" show, Blossoms, Canvas Unbound and Still Life.
2009 Group shows, Suite E group show at the Outlet, Port Coquitlam and Place des Arts, Belcarra show
2008 solo show at Blackberrry Gallery Scotia Bank and group shows with Suite E and Belcarra
2007 Group show, Belcarra.
2006 Group show, Belcarra.
2006 Joint show with Doolee McDonnell, Amelia Douglas Gallery and group show, Belcarra
2004 Solo Show at Port Moody Art Gallery
2002 3D works (stained glass at city halls in Port Coquitlam and Coquitlam).
1999/2002 Three shows with other college artists, Amelia Douglas Gallery.
- Ph.D. 1981 University of British Columbia, Department of Zoology.
- B.Sc.. 1975 York University, Department of Biology, Ontario.