My love of painting grows each year and I almost forget that it has been 20 years since I began to paint in earnest. For the first 10 years I painted extensively with soft pastels, and I believe that my earlier works formed a solid foundation for all that I am doing now. I now paint exclusively in oils, which satisfies my desire to paint larger than would have been possible with pastels. Living in cottage country on Georgian Bay, Ontario has instilled in me the love of rural, agricultural Ontario. The sheer number of lakes, bays and wetlands that feed our area are evident in my subject matter.