Both of the following artists will be featured during the month of February at the Armour Mountain Art Gallery in the IDA Mall in Barriere. The community is invited to stop in and meet the two artists during a ‘meet and greet’ on Tuesday, Feb. 12, starting at 5 p.m. in the Gallery.
“I was one of those kids who was always drawing, always had a pad of paper, and pencil in my hand. Over the years I went from pencil sketching to painting. I tried oils and watercolors and just wasn’t 100 per cent happy with my results, I eventually started painting with India inks, probably due to what I had available on hand – and I was hooked! Over the last 30 years I have worked in graphic design, but have found time to also use my creative energy painting, and doing leather work making purses, masks and birdhouses.”
“I was born in Ocean Falls, B.C. in the early 70’s, and grew up in the Interior. I have always had a knack for creating new and unique things out of unusual items. I started my journey into design at the age of five, when I discovered the joy of making Barbie outfits out of tube socks and any scrap of fabric I could get my little hands on. I realized I could make unique outfits for myself out of hand-me-downs, often handed to the middle child of five siblings. When I am not in my studio, you can find me tending to my gardens, or just enjoying nature. I started making jewelry as a hobby in 1999 and soon found my niche. I started selling at crafts shows in 2002, and have had a wonderful response to my different and affordable creations. In 2008 my family and I moved to Barriere, B.C., and we have found the community very welcoming. I love working with all types of materials such as gemstones, acrylics, wood, horn, metals and fabrics. I am always finding new and interesting ways to express my creativity.”