Once I had grown up and started my family, I went back to Malespina College in Nanaimo for more art. More pottery, more drawing - and then I tried Painting on silk (Kinu).
I formed a small company called Kinu Designs - Kinu being the Japanese word for silk. I made and sold scarves to the local stores in Campbell River. I was told I should hire help to produce more and more scarves, but it was the creating I loved, not the business.
At this time in my life I started taking watercolor lessons. The purity and transparent glow was very Asian, and this spoke to my love of Japanese simplicity in art.
Once I retired, we started going to Arizona for the winter. It was during this time that I stumbled upon teaching.
I was once again taking beginner watercolors, when the teacher was too ill to teach the class. Since we were all there with our supplies out, I said “I’m not sure if I know any more than you do, but I’m willing to teach you the techniques I do know.”
After getting positive feedback, I began planning a set of beginner classes. A few years later, some of my students asked for intermediate classes, so I went back to school and much to my surprise was able to easily do all the projects. I then added Intermediate water colors to my list of classes which I have now been teaching for more than 25 years.
There comes a time, however when you want to break out of your comfort zone, so I began taking Acrylic classes. Now I was just plain having fun - playing!
For the past years I have offered Acrylic workshops, and this fall for the first time I have added beginner and intermediate acrylics to my list of classes.
That is not to say this is all I teach. It seems every time I learn something new, I just HAVE to share it....so I have taught everything from French hair braiding to Japanese cooking classes and now Zentangle. Recently signed on as a Stampin' Up! Independent Demonstrator.