About the Artist

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Hi there!

Born and raised in Niagara-on-the-Lake, I am passionate about wildlife, bushcraft, and conservation, all of which motivate my art.

My style is shaped by a work history of farming and gardening, education in Medical Science, Zoology and Botany, and a love of classic novels. Influences include naturalist painters/authors like Beatrix Potter, Ernest Thompson Seton, and Henry David Thoreau.

I work in watercolour primarily, and occasionally pen and pencil. All of my paintings are based on my own experiences, and reference images are my own photographs.

My jewelry line is largely centered around birch bark and the incredible variety of colours, textures and patterns produced by a tree as it grows and sheds. A single piece of bark holds numerous unique layers, and exploring the details of these is almost as therapeutic for me as painting.

All of my work seeks to draw attention to the remarkable characteristics of "common" wildlife and the beautiful details and everyday miracles often overlooked in nature. I hope to make original artwork and genuine, unique celebrations of nature accessible to everyone!

With every painting and piece of jewelry, I’m encouraging you to look closer.

Thanks for joining this adventure,

Sheila