12418 – 233A Street
Maple Ridge, B.C. V2X0N1
phone: 604 463-5749
Fax: 604 466-5749
In my former life I was a teacher/librarian and English teacher. After twenty-two years of teaching, I traded in my card catalogues for travel brochures, followed my husband into retirement and set out with intentions to journey the world. He succumbed to cancer the following year leaving me at the path not taken. I stepped into a life of volunteer activities and decided to follow an interest in rosemaling- the art of my Scandinavian heritage. What a journey that turned out to be!
I had no experience with painting. I didn’t even know the proper way to hold a brush. It seemed that I managed to get as much paint on myself as on my piece of art. With no rosemaling teachers in the area, I decided that tole painting would teach me the fundamentals and I could do the rest myself. The tole studio I chose had a broad range of classes which including fine art and drawing. I tried everything. I even learned rosemaling.
All this led me to the Calgary convention. I saw Mary’s work and loved it, but not having a clue what “rouging” was I did not dare sign up for a class. I stopped at her booth to have a chat and discovered that I could easily manage the techniques. Since then I have done seminars with her in White Rock and did the certification in Calgary in April, 2002. I have just had the wonderful experience of assisting her at certification in White Rock.
I love the fact that my students are enjoying instant success with both Mary’s and my own patterns. She has been a model of enthusiasm and generosity as she shares everything she knows to guide her CMOT’s. I hope that I can pass this on to my students as they enjoy their own success.
I am still finding it hard to believe that I am being paid to do something that I enjoy so much! I am teaching in two locations in Maple Ridge :My home studio (604 463-5749) and at Kanaka Creek Tole Studio (604467-2383/www.kanakacreektole.com) and also at Cactus Station in Cloverdale (604 574-1232). Call me. I’d love to open up a new world of painting for you.