PROUDLY Announcing . . .

•April 19, 2019 • Leave a Comment


A few months before my breast cancer diagnosis my sister and I began a new adventure.

I must say that my sister Sue is the heart and strength of this collaboration as well as the creator. I am her understudy and grateful sister doing my best to keep up as she teaches herself how to build this wonderful way of reaching out to others.  She has created 90% of the website and its content while supporting me through this time of change in my present reality …

here’s to my fabulous sister!!!!

Two days ago, Wednesday April the 17th, was the launch of our project!

Working together as two sisters and friends has been wonderful.  We have many ideas to share and try out!

SISTER :          synonyms: comradefriendpartnerassociatecolleague

Please take a moment or an afternoon (there is lots there already) to visit our website where we  hope you enjoy our first tutorials and creative ideas meant for whomever we connect with.

We are dedicated to making this a wonderful place to find inspiration and creative juice …

Click on our logo below to take a look and please offer us your feedback.


We have only just begun to fly . . . (as ususal I sound like a song track)

join us on our new adventure!!





•April 19, 2019 • 1 Comment


I was to start in April teaching the Spirited Birds Workshop in Kansas City but one day in March we sat in the oncologists office to learn that travelling and teaching was no longer going to be possible.

Seven and a half weeks ago I began herceptin and chemotherapy treatments for breast cancer.

It came out of the blue as a sore spot on my breast and within two months the diagnosis was confirmed. The cancer was agressive and urgent.



We postponed classes on Vancouver Island until spring of 2020 but Kansas City was scheduled to begin too close to cancel which meant it was time to get creative!

My friend and colleague Joyce Cloutman kindly agreed to be there to teach on my behalf. Our coordinator Donna Harryman kindly took the lead and let students know my news and gave them the option to withdraw or attend the class I would now prepare via video sessions with Joyce as facilitator.



I  then turned to the immediate task : create the video series of instruction and guidance for the week long sessions. Serendipitously as I finished this project I felt my energy decline, something I was told would come with chemotherapy.

I pressed send on my folder full of videos and class got underway.



I am so proud of the work everyone accomplished as well as the hearts that grew together during this time, I cannot express it well enough other than WE DID IT!!!




Those who know me know I love to teach, mostly because I love who my life touches through my teaching. My students and my coordinatiors are why I am this capable experienced person and the method that I rely on has been develpoed and tested with of all of you.



So . . . how interesting I am now going to be able to travel via a virtual teaching path and develop some on-line workshops !!

The images in this post are of some of the Spirited Birds and Spirit Riders the students created this past week, I am thrilled . . .

Three cheers for a big success!





this has been an amazing journey and I am only at an early point along this road but I have to say that the love and kindness that has flooded into my life has been remarkable. Every turn I take brings me so much, I am often overwhelmed and words are never enough.

Thank you everyone xo

Not sure what to expect over the next set of tests but the road ahead is simply one that brings me healing and grace. This is not at all a fight for me, this is an acceptance and a learning about what matters in life.

As a friend and fellow figurative artist Leslie Keeble inspires me to remember

. . .  D O N ‘ T     P O S T P O N E    J O Y  . . .

Spirited BIRDS . . .

•February 16, 2019 • Leave a Comment

I wanted to share some of the figures that are coming to life in the studio and are part of my project for the Spirited Birds workshop this April in Kansas City…



I made the early forms for these guys over the summer but never found time to finish working them out. Once the gallery closed for the winter I began to spend time to work more in depth and find my connection to them …



Gallery?? you ask??

I now live in the town of Lunenburg Nova Scotia. Last winter we, three friends, decided to create a gallery on Lincoln Street amongst the other wonderful galleries and gallery shops along this street. We called our place THE SWAN …



We did not look up until December when things finished for the year. After eleven months of finding space, creating the space, filling it with our art, managing the hours, time, books and events, we closed our doors to be able to do other things over the winter.  Things like make art, travel, read, knit, create studios and storage …



Back to the Spirited Birds story.  I  began with the protoype for my upcoming workshop, the idea of a bird that is also a person, or a person becoming a bird, or perhaps just someone with a great sense of humour dressing up as a bird … this one will still be evolving until I leave for Kansas City to teach the class. As straight forward as I try to make the classes, there are many months of working on a particular piece to find the right mix, method and sentiment of what I try to bring to my students.



Several other patterns I had made became flying seagulls. I am fascinated with these birds because I hear their cries now instead of the loons calling from their nest on the lake behind my old farmhouse …

The seagulls fly so there had to be spirited riders … which I hope expands and adds ideas and inspiration for students when they arrive to make their Spirited Birds with me in April



Here is one more …



there are more, but I will save them for another day …



Classes for 2019

•January 31, 2019 • Leave a Comment

My gosh it has been so long since I have written on this blog…how time flies when you decide to change most everything in your life … !!

I have three teaching dates and workshops for this year and hope to add a week long class here in Nova Scotia either this fall or in the spring of 2020. This will depend upon how the progress goes in the new studio/storage space we are working on!

I will write more about that in a future post because this one is ALL ABOUT CLASSES and the what, where and whens of them!

First up is SPIRITED BIRDS in April at the Heartland Retreat Centre in Parkville Missouri.

This location is just minutes from the Kansas City International Airport in the
rolling hills of the Missouri River Bluffs.

Contact: Donna Harryman :


Secondly, in May I travel back to a place and friends I adore … the remarkably beautiful Vancouver Island British Columbia !!! and the opposite side of my country :)

We will be hosted by Marla Limousin at the Blue Moon Winery in Courtenay, Vancouver Island just a few miles from the Comox airport.

I have two week long sessions plus a one day in-between workshop about salt water etching that students have been asking about …

Week one: Full Body Sculpt

contact: Marla Limousin :



The IN-between Saturday: The Brooch … copper salt water and polymer clay

contact: Marla Limousin :

Week two: Expression and Design

contact: Marla Limousin :


And the Third destination, the historic,beautiful town of Mineral Point, Wisconsin where we will have a week long class called METAMORPHOSIS … Mineral Point is a remarkable little town filled with artists, art studios and great antique and collectible shops …

Contact: Carol Spelic :

click on this link for the workshop page :


Here is a link to more about our location, Shake Rag Alley, a wonderful exciting art centre to know about and Mineral Point!

And of course, you can contact me with questions or curiosities …

workshops JUNE 2018 Portola CA

•March 7, 2018 • Leave a Comment


Portola is on the horizon now, working out the prototypes for what we will be working on in a three day class… will post some of the process work as I prepare…!!!

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Then we follow up with another two day class using an exciting combination of salt water etching and polymer press molds… !!!!

JUNE 20-21 2018



Our days will be  R I V E T T I N G . . . . (could not resist)

contact Sherri Morgan to register :



Spirits and Birds . . .

•November 28, 2017 • Leave a Comment

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My show at the library was lovely.

I had just returned from Mineral Point, Wisconsin where I taught a superb group of enthusiastic artists how to make sculptural characters. We had a great time and decided to hold a workshop again next fall. I have to say that having an entire week to work and dedicate to projects is a fabulous way to do it.

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Before I left the house had sold and we had begun the task of packing. There was not a moment between the painting, taking photos, the listing and showing. The house sold in two days. We never put the sign up …

I returned from my long journey to friends gifts of help with packing, moving and even hanging The Spirit Birds show at the library  . . .

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My favorite part of the exhibit was the day I came to read my story to the kids who turn up on Wednesday mornings for storytime. I must admit, even though they were young children, I felt nervous to read my story for the first time in public …

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The story was done and we went on to craft time with a theme of spirit birds with crayons and paper cut outs. This was much more fun than the story because as we all got drawing the kids told me about things they had seen, imaginary things and the magic of the story seemed to linger with them …

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I will complete the illustrations over time and look forward to having an actual book in my hands to return to storytime and read The Spirit Birds once again.









life’s travels of then and now and . . .

•August 9, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Last month I shared how much change had come into my life and indeed it continues but there is more light and grace in my life than ever so I wanted to share a few of the new things that have happened and some that are on their way …

My spring workshops were wonderful, filled with gracious enthusiasm and exciting outcomes. My life is enriched on these journeys, they keep me and my heart in rhythm and colour with fabulous students and large creative days …

Here is an image from Charlottetown, North Carolina where we did the Dancing with Hoops class …


And then Albuquerque  one of my favorite places to teach  … feels like home to me now cause I get to work with Annie  …




My life then took me to Barga, Tuscany to visit friends and look at the possibility of teaching there in the future. A beautiful time and transformative experience in an artist’s paradise …


Then I took the train to do a private workshop for friends in Switzerland … we had a beautiful time and I got to see some of their beautiful world …

Into the future …

I will be in Mineral Point Wisconsin this fall to teach a week long workshop called Building Sculptural Character. It is my introductory workshop where we focus on all the building techniques for the figures I have taught myself to make. Secrets come out and laughter is a steady sound …

Here is a link for more info :


And !!!!!!!!

an exciting announcement of a class to be held in Durfort, Southern France next spring!!!

Want to travel to a beautiful little town to create with me?

I just put the information on my website and here is the link for it:



AND … there are a few new pieces that made it to my gallery shop The Flight of Fancy in Bear River Nova Scotia… two large horses from my show last summer called Cactus Flowering and Murder and the Moondancer

One that I have held on to for many years to use as a mascot for my teaching pages finally got his bike ready to roll called The Old Shoemaker and the Bicycle Thief …  it is standing on an antique shoe form full of holes from a real maker of soles :)

The fourth one is called Foxie and Blue, a piece that is a blue haired character with a fox on his mind… and I stole the name of this character for my spring workshop in Albuquerque because I liked it so much …

And finally I refinished a tiny piece that was waiting for  e v e r  for me to repair the hand. His tiny hand now holds an even tinier rabbit on a handle so it simply had to be called  Rattle …

At home walls, doors and stairways are continuing to be freshly painted, the now over-sized rich layers of wild roses, day lilies and hydrangias are being sculpted and trimmed so it can be readied for the market, it is a good decision to try and sell my house again. I feel this will help me manage these times of transition better than struggling to try and hold on to it.

I have enlisted the help of a dear artist friend and indeed, two makes the work go much faster and the heart grow lighter…

My home always loves attention so even though I am not in the studio as much as I want or will be things are definitely looking way way up as the Friendly Giant said !!

I am working on a small show for the Bridgewater Public Library in October called The Spirit Birds … it is work for a children’s book I have always wanted to write and this is bringing it closer to being realized. It is at the moment illustrative style paintings and the models : my three dimensional figures … I will begin to post about it very soonly …

it is good to be back writing my stories for you again ….