Born and raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia, I began my knitting life
at twenty-one years old with my first project – a trunk warmer
for an elephant. Supposedly a sweater sleeve by intent, the fact
that my hands had created this miraculous piece of slubbed, apricot-coloured,
textile overrode niggles of disappointment. My passion for
yarn had begun.
I took extension courses through the Nova Scotia School of Art
and Design but, with the help of my mother and so many wonderful
books and magazines, taught myself most of the beading, embroidery,
sewing, painting and drawing techniques that have since embellished
the otherwise plain surfaces of my life. Give me detail to austerity
any day. Something to catch the eye, draw the attention deeper
into the subject, is my preferred aesthetic. My early multi-coloured
sweaters (pictured on this site in my first exhibition at the Mary
Black Gallery) contained as many as 50 different colours of yarn.
For me, colour and texture rule and most of the inspiration feeding
my imagination comes from the natural world. I see knitting as
art, as viable as any other, and no matter what the tool or preferred
palette, in human hands, magic happens.
Creating jewelry is a relatively new passion, though a natural
extension of my love for colour and texture. My bead drawers brim
with semi-precious stones, pearls and metals from all over the
world which lure me to compose talismans of adornment for otherwise
bare necks and wrists. Wherever I travel, I find inspiration and
more beads to weave into something to celebrate the rich global
trove in which we live.
Besides jewelry creation and knitting, the latter of which has
sustained me on the parameters of many demanding executive careers
in public education, I also write women’s fiction. Seven
novels, a few agents, and a tendency to focus more on writing than
the business end of becoming published, and I’m still authoring
at least one novel a year. Once upon a time, I was listed as one
of the most popular authors in fiction and mystery on the now defunct
Time-Warner website, I-Write. I am currently also working on a
book for knitter’s tentatively entitled ‘Adventure
Knitting’ which takes the knitter on a ride through the textural
landscape of novelty yarns. Check my journal for more on current
Besides a Bachelor of Arts with Honors in English and a Bachelor
of Education, I hold a Masters of Library Service and spent many
years as the passionate advocate of school libraries. Like so much
of human experience, after a certain steam burns away, what is
left hardens to the core. Adhered to mine, then, is the love for
books, learning, and the celebration of the human voice through
words or art. Only recently have I come to fully live what I believe.
My wonderful, supportive husband, John --a talented stone mason,
painter and cabinet maker in his own right--and I live on the edge
of the Partridge River, in a place that has become a sanctuary
and an inspiration for us both.