About Me

This is my story.

Following an MBA and a lengthy career in marketing and advertising, motherhood drew me to pursue my more artistic passions. In 2007, I was led to the empowering independent art school, the Toronto School of Art, where I earned a Diploma of Fine Art and learned how to make my own unique mark on this world.

 

Now I see myself as a storyteller. My goal is to create heart-centered work – in the form of art, illustration and design – that tells a purposeful, enriching story.

And currently I am actively storytelling! I wrote and illustrated a children’s book called “Weeds in Nana’s Garden.” This creation, published in 2016, marked the end of a long and personal journey for me. In 2005, my mom was diagnosed with Early-Onset Dementia at the age of 62. In the years following, my family and I learned firsthand about the heart-ache of the disease. After my mother’s death in 2010, I made a decision to do something to help – something that would increase awareness and provide support to families dealing with a dementia disease.

I realized that by applying my varied skills, I could create a children’s book.  Furthermore, I decided to create an indie publishing company – Flipturn Publishing – to launch the work so that I could extend my support beyond the book, and donate a portion of the proceeds to the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada, an organization that has supported me greatly.

Today, my debut book has been on the Amazon Best-seller list, has won several awards and has been released in 3 other languages in order to reach families around the world! For more information, visit:  weedsinnanasgarden.com

In 2017, to further my commitment of providing resources for families on a journey with dementia, I joined the management team running AlzAuthors.com, a one-of-a-kind online collection of written books, blogs and stories about Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia. I am currently the Artistic Director.

And in the Spring of 2018, I am excited to announce that Flipturn Publishing launched another children’s book about dementia. Through a collaboration with writer and Dementia Care Expert, Jaclyn Guenette, and my illustrations, the picture book “I Smile For Grandpa” is now available at fine book retailers everywhere.

I hope you find much of my work to be candid explorations into the ways of the heart. Thank-you.

 

 

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