My nickname as a teenager was ‘foxtail’ and yet it is Bears that have been the focus of my art for quite a while. Living in the Kootenays for the last 14 years I am happy to call myself a ‘mountain girl’ with proud prairie roots. My inspiration for my art often comes from hiking the forests trails. The white-tailed deer that scamper past the trees set my imagination on fire as I picture them in my work. Most of my artwork is produced using acrylics on gallery wrapped canvas. I love the unframed look and feel of the thick canvas, which makes my art ready to hang. For the past two summers I have been plein-air painting in oils. Responding to the scene in front of me takes me to a magical place and adds to the challenge of teaching my brain a different way of approaching art. When you look at my artwork, my desire is that you will have an emotional connection that will speak to a memory or a feeling. Then I will feel successful as an artist.