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 have written and illustrated a children’s book called “Weeds in Nana’s Garden.” This creation marks 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 then, that by applying my varied skills, I could create a children’s book. Furthermore, I could self-publish the work so that it could be made available as quickly as possible. And last but certainly not least, to extend my support beyond the book, I could donate a portion of the proceeds to the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada, an organization that has supported me greatly.
Today, the book is nearly complete. I started Flipturn Publishing to self-publish the work and I will be donating $1 for each book sold to the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada. The book will be available for purchase from various online retailers.
I hope you find this book, and much of my work, to be candid explorations into the ways of the heart. Thank-you.