Portrait with Alpine Jazz

I'm originally from Toronto, but now live in beautiful North Vancouver.  My life thus far can be divided into four stages.  I was first a student; second an electrical engineer; third a stay-at-home mom and fourth an artist.  In my heart, I have been an artist ALL my life but it has taken me a good long time to have the courage to tell others.  At a young age, I taught myself to draw by closely observing objects.  In high school, I studied photography.  Once my kids were in upper elementary school, I started painting.  I developed my painting skills through trial-and-error, reading books, watching videos and mentorship.  When I am not creating art, I love to hike.