My mother was my first muse. On a dreary Canadian winter afternoon when I was eight, boredom struck. Mummy had a solution. “Write a play,” she said.
That made sense, because she was a playwright.But I had another idea. Instead, I started drafting my first novel. I can still picture the manuscript. It was written in a loopy scrawl, blue ballpoint on banana yellow newsprint. The title - Beyond the Bush. The story - a childish attempt at my idea of fantasy.
At some point, my mother questioned the concept, and I lost interest. But I resumed writing. Poems, short stories and the beginnings of two more novels followed. High school, fine art studies, university, a career and motherhood pulled me in different directions. Then came the first picture book concept.
Today, I'm working on some long fiction, as well as more picture books - both words and pictures - ergo the name of this site. As for pictures - above is a sample of paintings from my portfolio of illustrations for children's books.See my companion blog about writing, On Beyond Words & Pictures, at: onbeyond
I'm an art critic who paints and writes fiction. I started writing my first novel when I was eight. Volumes of poetry, short stories and comic books followed. As a child, I enrolled in extracurricular art classes. I wanted to become a painter. After high school, I studied fine arts for three years - until my parents suggested this might not be a viable career. I temporarily put aside my passion for painting, and off I went to university. After two journalism degrees and a career as a newspaper editor, freelance writer, and marketing communications consultant, I finally figured it out. I dwell in the realms of my dual passions - painting and writing - and on the exciting borders where they intersect.